I have a bunch of photos that I want to move from LR to another external hard drive. I am not working with them anymore and think that moving them to an external hard drive will free up some space on the external hard drive they are currently stored. I obviously don't want to lose them just move them. If I do, can I just plug in the drive they are on and view them? Can you tell I don't have a clue??
I'm not a Lightroom user so take this with a grain of salt, but I assume Lightroom has some means of moving photos. I would suggest you use that just to keep Lightroom's internal stuff kosher. Once they're on your new drive you can certainly view them. How you do that will depend on what kind of photo files they are.
Up North, eh?
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I recently had a hard drive fail - the drive where almost all of my images were stored. Many thousands of them. Fortunately I had them all backed up on another hard drive but of course the Lightroom catalog doesn't know that and I had to reconnect them all. Again fortunately I'd kept the same file structure (mine was by year/month) so it was very easy to tell Lightroom where to look for the missing files and it reconnected everything very quickly. Lessons learned was a) always have a back up your images b) with your back-ups it's good to maintain the same file system if you have one because that makes it a lot easier for Lightroom to reconnect with the back-up
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