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Multiple Libraries

John Heuer

Benevolent Dictator of Global Bacon Distribution
Joined
Mar 12, 2018
Messages
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Location
Toronto, Canada
Lightroom Experience
Intermediate
Lightroom Version
Operating System: OSX Mavericks
Exact Lightroom Version (Help menu > System Info): CC

Looking for suggestions as to how those of you with larger libraries manage them. I have a MacBook Pro with a 500GB SSD that is getting full, and my performance is crawling.

My thought is two create two active Lightroom libraries:
1) Current (Say past year or so) where I have photos that I'll likely go back and work on. Stored locally on the SSD.
2) Archived, older than ~1 year where I'm less likely to work on photos. This library is stored on an external 5TB drive. Performance is slower, but unlikely to impact me 90% of the time.

Question: Is this a solid approach, or would it be best to have one library, and just moved specific folders to the offline storage but all kept within the same library? I'm a little (ok, a lot) pedantic with my folder naming structure and organization, so I'm trying to get this right.

[Edit: Typo]
 
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