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pflower

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Problems moving Photos in Lightroom
« on: October 07, 2023, 06:24:13 pm »

The problem being that I selected 2 folders of photographs at the same time to be moved in Lightroom to a new OWC Thunderblade 8TB SSD.  One folder at a time moved very quickly but 2 at the same time slowed things down dramatically so I aborted the transfer of one of the folders.  After that about 1/2 of the folders of the aborted folder remained to be moved,  Nothing I could do would get LR to move the remaining folders into the partially moved parent folder on the new disk. 

In retrospect I think I could have ultimately found a better solution. The one I used was to manually copy the remaining folders in Finder onto the new disk and then import them into LR.  I always write imp files separately from the main file.  Unfortunately I discovered that xmp files do not contain the History State - they do include keywords and snapshots.  So ultimately on about 1,000 photos I lost the History State.  In my particular case this is not a particular problem - that folder I had already processed and printed with adjustments the photos I wanted to keep. I also have the original RAW files if I need to go back and do them again.

But what confuses is me why I couldn't get LR to move folders from an existing parent folder to a partially moved parent folder on the new disk.  What I did discover is that LR would allow me to move the individual photos within those folders.  So a better solution would have been to manually recreate the subfolders on the new drive and then move the individual files to those folders.  So is this a bug or am I being stupid.

Still this was a pretty easy transfer and for those who may be interested 600MB Tiff files from an X2D now load instantaneously and zip along.

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Jonathan Cross

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Re: Problems moving Photos in Lightroom
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2023, 06:10:34 pm »

How about just manually moving files/folders that have not gone to the new drive using Finder. Then in LR when it says images/folders are missing (indicated by ! in the library thumbnail) use locate to choose the new location.
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