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Should I put LR Catalog etc on OneDrive

Richard Flack

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Im moving to a new PC with Win 10. I'm still struggling with its file structure.
I have C: on internal SSD, and D: is internal HDD.
Having just finished the LR install, I see that the catalog etc is on C:\Users\Richard\OneDrive\Pictures\Lightroom
Is this counterproductive? Wouldnt I get better performance by having the catalog etc on a folder that is not sync'd?
I don't really do much work on multiple devices. Typically, my working method is to upload from camera to desktop library etc, do LR work, and then export specific collections or whatever for sharing. I do no 'permanent' LR work on mobile devices. [On a vacation I may upload from camera to iphone on temporary basis but often as not I just use ios for quick edits etc]

I'm thinking I should create a C:\Users\Richard\Pictures\Lightroom ... folder to keep it away from OneDrive.
 

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Good question. I have been having the same concern. I just moved to a new laptop with W10 and had to purchase Microsoft with One Drive. It only allows 5GB and my cat.lrcat Backup is 9.5GB.
Presently I download to an external HD and backup my catalog to my C: drive.
I don't really want to buy more space unless it is highly recommended by an expert. Mabe another backup system would be better.
 

Richard Flack

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Good question. I have been having the same concern. I just moved to a new laptop with W10 and had to purchase Microsoft with One Drive. It only allows 5GB and my cat.lrcat Backup is 9.5GB.
Presently I download to an external HD and backup my catalog to my C: drive.
I don't really want to buy more space unless it is highly recommended by an expert. Mabe another backup system would be better.
That's another consideration I hadnt thought of. I was thinking of speed of access etc.
I really don't have my head around the whole "This PC" aspect of Windows 10 and some folders being under OneDrive and some not.
 
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I'm not a big fan of One Drive as a backup solution, especially if it has a 5gb limit before you have to pay more. You may want to look at other options for cloud based backup. There are many on the market at very reasonable prices. CrashPaln, Backblaze, Acronis, iDrive, to name a few. Look for one that has unlimited storage for a flat annual fee, includes backup of external drives without an extra fee and uses incremental, de-dup, or block level technology. That last part means that it only has to ship 2k or 4k portions of files (blocks) that have changed, not the entire file. Like Time Machine and File History, this technology also permits reverting to prior versions without eating um massive amounts of disk space.
 

Richard Flack

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I'm not planning on using any form of Cloud backup. I use StorageCraft Shadowprotect with frequent incremental backups to (rotating) external hard drive. ( I would say that Im not so good at the drive rotation as I should be).
OneDrive would be for sharing with mobile devices, but as Ive indicated, Im sceptical about continual sharing (versus specific export / import) and performance impact.

I've started trying to read up on OneDrive in Windows 10 and the 'shadow folders', its a very confusing concept to me (having the same name so Im nver quite sure where 'Desktop' is. Also the file hierarchy appears to show "This PC' as UNDER Desktop which makes no sense.

To me the hierarchy should go

This PC
...Users
........Me
.............Desktop (and a Property would show if syncd or not and to where)

OneDrive
....Me
........Desktop-onedrive

etc . Or something like that

This is getting beyond LR issues I probably need to find a Windows forum.
 
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