Question: How do I backup my Lightroom photo catalog?

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

Step 1: Backup Your Lightroom Catalogue and Images

  1. Open Lightroom and the catalog you want saved.
  2. Choose Edit->Catalog Settings (Windows) or Lightroom Settings->Catalog Settings (Mac).
  3. In the Backup dialog box at the bottom, choose “When Lightroom Next Exits.” Then Double click “Okay.”

Do I need to backup Lightroom catalog?

Lightroom simply stores information about your photographs in a catalog. So even though your images aren’t technically “inside” Lightroom, you still need to backup your Lightroom catalogs. This will ensure that any edits you’ve made to your images are not lost.

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 onto an external drive. Then, attach the drive to the second computer and copy the files to the desired location on the second computer.

Does Time Machine backup Lightroom catalog?

Having Time Machine continue to back up a series of catalogs with problems will make it harder to recover should that problem get worse. Lightroom’s catalog backup is automated, free, and can save your bacon.

Should Lightroom catalog be on external drive?

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

Can you run Lightroom from an external hard drive?

If you also want to move photos to a different hard drive, that should be done within Lightroom. With a new external hard drive you would first need to create an empty folder on the drive, so that that folder (and therefore the hard drive itself) will be visible within Lightroom.

How often should I backup my Lightroom catalog?

Backs up the catalog once a week. If you exit Lightroom Classic more frequently, additional changes are not backed up until the next week. Backs up the catalog once a month.

How long does it take to backup Lightroom catalog?

Lightroom: More than 12 Hours to Backup catalog with 58K images.

Where are Lightroom catalog backups stored?

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

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

To add the photos to your individual account, login 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. Tick the “Select All” check box.
  6. Click the Add Photos button.

Can I delete old Lightroom catalog backups?

Delete a catalog backup

To delete a backup, locate the backup folder and identify the backup folders to delete and go ahead and delete them. You will 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 my Lightroom catalog to SSD?

How To Move A Lightroom Catalog To an SSD

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


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 that you want and your catalog file and restore from TimeMachine.

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