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What Photos are and are not in a Lightroom Catalog

jon54

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I have a Disc drive that has lots and lots of photos. Some I know are Lightroom library some are not and others I don't know. How do I get every photo. into Lightroom. Do I create a new catalog, not a master, and use my master catalog and import every photo. In theory only the phots not in the master library will be imported. Is this the best way to go or is there an easier method
 
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Why would you create a new catalog? If you import photos and have checked the option to not import suspected duplicates, then the result should be the same. Lightroom will only import photos it thinks are new, just like it would if you would first import all photos in a new catalog and then import that new catalog into your current catalog.
 

Photocitizen

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I'd recommend keeping your existing catalog and using "Synchronize folder"to force Lightroom to check each of your folders for photos that Lightroom doesn't already have in it's catalog. You can set it to show the Import window before it brings the photos into your catalog so that you can see what it found and reject some that you don't want imported.
 
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