How do I backup my Classic Lightroom catalog?

How do I back up my Lightroom catalog to an external hard drive?

Step 1 – Backup Your Lightroom Catalog and Images

  1. Open Lightroom and the catalog you want to save.
  2. Choose Edit->Catalog Settings (Windows) or Lightroom Settings->Catalog Settings (Mac).
  3. In the Backup dialog at the bottom, choose "When Lightroom exits again." Then double click "OK".

Do I need to backup the Lightroom catalog?

Lightroom simply stores information about your photos in a catalog. So even though your images aren't technically "inside" Lightroom, you still need to back up your Lightroom catalogs. This will ensure that any edits you have made to your images are not lost.

Does Time Machine back up the Lightroom catalog?

Having Time Machine continue to back up a number of problem catalogs will make it more difficult to recover them if the problem worsens. Lightroom catalog backup is automatic, free, and can save your skin.

How do I move a Lightroom catalog to another drive?

To move a catalog between a Windows computer and a Mac, copy your catalog, preview, and image files from the original computer to an external drive. Then connect the drive to the second computer and copy the files to the desired location on the second computer.

Should the Lightroom catalog be on an external drive?

Your photos should be stored on the external drive. Once the catalog is opened from either computer, the changes to the photo are saved to the catalog and can be viewed on both devices.

Can Lightroom be run from an external hard drive?

If you also want to move photos to a different hard drive, you must do so within Lightroom. With a new external hard drive, you'll first need to create an empty folder on the drive, so that folder (and therefore the hard drive itself) is visible in Lightroom.

How often should I back up my Lightroom catalog?

Back up the catalog once a week. If you quit Lightroom Classic more often, additional changes won't be backed up until the following week. Back up the catalog once a month.

How long does it take to backup Lightroom catalog?

Lightroom: 12+ hours to backup catalog with 58K images.

Where are Lightroom catalog backups stored?

They will automatically be stored in the "Backups" folder under "Lightroom" in your "Pictures" folder. On a Windows computer, backups are stored by default on drive C:, under your user files, under the structure of "Pictures", "Lightroom" and "Backups".

How do I restore Lightroom from Time Machine?

You need to open TimeMachine and navigate to the Lightroom folder there. Find the date of the backup you want and your catalog file and restore from TimeMachine.

How do I move my Lightroom catalog to SSD?

How to move a Lightroom catalog to an SSD

  1. Find where your catalog is located (Lightroom can show it to you)
  2. Make sure Lightroom is closed.
  3. Copy the folder where your catalog is located to the SSD drive.
  4. Validate that the copied catalog opens.
  5. Make sure that the new location will be used in the future.


Can I delete old backups from the Lightroom catalog?

Delete a catalog backup

To delete a backup, browse to the backup folder and identify the backup folders to delete and go ahead and delete them. You'll find your catalog backups, if you didn't change the default location for them, in a folder called Backups inside your Lightroom catalog folder.

How do I move photos from one Lightroom account to another?

To add the photos to your individual account, sign in to Lightroom CC with your "new" account:

  1. File > Add Photos…
  2. Navigate to the folder specified in step 4 above.
  3. Select all files (CTRL+A)
  4. Review for Import.
  5. Check the "Select All" checkbox.
  6. Click the Add Photos button.

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