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Using 'Export as Catalog...' to archive photos to a file server -- is this right?

turnstyle

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Hi all,

My catalog file is getting a bit unwieldy, and I'd like to archive some photos to a file server on my LAN.

I've never used 'Export as Catalog...' so I'm hoping to explain how I believe I should use it, and somebody here might tell me if I have the right idea.


1) Select the files I want to export, choose 'Export as Catalog...', chose 'Export Selected' and 'Export Negatives', and export.

2) Move the exported catalog and files to the file server on my LAN

3) Once I'm sure everything is working, delete the files from the main catalog.

And having done so, I should be able to open the catalog from the file server on my LAN, and export a JPG or whatever if I ever need to.


And if I later want to add more files to that exported/archived catalog:

1) Select the files I want to export, choose 'Export as Catalog...', chose 'Export Selected' and 'Export Negatives', and export.

2) Open the exported/archived catalog on the file server on my LAN

3) Select 'Import from Another Catalog...' and select the catalog I exported in step #1 above.

4) Once I'm sure everything is working, delete the files from the main catalog, and also delete the catalog I exported.


Is that all correct?

Thanks kindly, I'm a bit concerned I'll screw up something I care about, but I do need to start archiving. Much appreciate your consideration!

-Scott
 

turnstyle

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I was advised elsewhere that my workflow above is NOT a good idea.

Instead, I was advised to:

1) copy the files I want to archive from my local drive to my network share

2) repoint LR to reference those files on the network share, rather than locally

3) when all that seems ok, delete the local copies

And, therefore, I also only ever have one catalog file.

Is this the intended/preferred way to archive some local files to network storage?

Thanks! -Scott
 
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It's probably the way I would do it if ever I felt the need, but it really depends on the motive for "archiving" a set of images. You say your catalog is becoming a "bit unwieldy", but what does that really mean?
 
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