by Julieanne Kost

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August 7, 2015

In this Quick Tip for Lightroom, Julieanne shows how to copy files to an external drive that Lightroom is unaware of.


  • By vince - 10:51 AM on August 7, 2015  

    very well done. thank you.

  • By annie - 8:43 PM on August 11, 2015  

    Perfect – Just what I was looking for thank you Julieanne 🙂

  • By Mike - 1:46 PM on August 17, 2015  

    I have already created a folder on an external hard drive containing subfolders with all my images. I want Lightroom to recognize the external hard drive so that I can make more room available on my internal drive by taking these images off. Can it be done? Using Mac OS.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 5:11 AM on August 18, 2015  

      Import the files from the external drive.

      • By Mike - 1:40 PM on August 18, 2015  

        Using the method you presented on copying files and folders to an external hard drive, I decided to move all the folders from the internal drive to the external drive avoiding the necessity to re-import all these photos. It seems to be working fine. This will take a little while but probably shorter than importing. It also has the benefit of allowing me to decide whether to keep a folder of images no longer needed or wanted. When I import new photos they will go on the external drive. I always backup my photos to another external drive. Thanks for your help.