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Moving to a new machine.


New Member
Mar 24, 2016
Lightroom Experience
Lightroom Version
Lightroom Version
Lightroom Classic version 9.4
Operating System
  1. macOS 10.13 High Sierra
Hey everyone,

I think it's time for a new machine. I have an older Mac desktop and it doesn't support a lot of new soft ware features. My images are on an external drive, but my catalog is on the Mac. What is the best way to move the catalog and sync the photos back up on a new machine?

Thanks in advance, Mike
Jun 20, 2009
Houston, TX USA
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Cloud Service
If you are going from an old Mac to a new one, Then the best process is one that Apple recommends Migration Assistant. It is an app in your utility folder. I just used it about a month ago when I got a new M1 iMac.

There is a generic “Moving Lightroom to a New Computer that only deals with Lightroom Files and will move your Lightroom Files from any machine (Windows or otherwise) to the new Computer. I don’t have the link but it is on the Lightroom Queen website.

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