Today, while searching for a quite old file to print for client, I discovered that one of my external drives is dead in the water--can't access it. I have it backed up on an offsite large drive so that's okay. Then--while I had the large drive in to find the file I needed--I decided to back up the last 2 months on another drive/current (I also back up current year to dedicated internal drive--just in case) and found out it had 'issues'. Consequently, I'm going to start fresh and put both the old smaller drive and my current drive (I have others--different for each year--'named' for LR sake and each drive is marked for easy identifcation when I need to connect it) on a new larger drive.
My problem is---everything is keyworded. I can't copy from the old drives--so the only thing I can think of is to delete the current drives/folders and reimport. My guess is that I will just have to rekeyword--I can't think of a way around it--or any other way. I also assume I lose all LR changes, etc. --it will be like mporting brand new folders. When I delete these drives/folders, I also assume that the keyword list will have the numbers of each keyword reduced. Oh, woe LOL. I'm just lucky though that I have these backed up. However, its not exact (I learned my lesson on that--from now on, same name for dedicated internal folders) as I got lazy at times (I have my LR organized year/month/date/name--and let the backup just put it in the backup month with date--but no name. I'll straighten it out as I import again, and perhaps it will be just best to keyword as I go---perhaps just importing folder by folder. It will take a LOT longer, but it will be right--keywords are important for me.
BTW--I have referred to my Martin Evening LR 2.0 book--and don't find anything to make me think how to do this differently.
Any thoughts???--or---- just "good luck (glad its not me)" LOL.