Moving all my images to an external hard drive - a painful process! 2 days on update.

Moving all my images to an external hard drive - a painful process! 2 days on update.

So. The day after the day after. How did it go? 


It’s like having a new computer. Much much faster.

And I have over 600GB of space free on my laptop.

And access to all my images through Smart Previews.

I also have huge additional capacity in my external drive, which should keep me going for a couple of years.

And I imported Monday's shots into my external drive fine, adding the import back up to my laptop hard drive. This is fine and just needs managing as part of my backup regime.

And the limitations of having my images I a separate hard drive? 

To keep my workflow consistent, I need to import images when in my office, where my external drive is. Sure there are other option which I can explore such as taking a smaller hard drive with me and importing to that then merging catalogues later but I really don't need to worry about that for now as most if the time I import in my office. 

The other big limitation is that you cannot take a Smart Preview from Lightroom into Photoshop. I have to remember this and only edit in Photoshop in my office. Again I can live with that as if I am in Photoshop I am normally viewing things on my large external monitor anyway. 

And you can merge to HDR and Panorama using Smart Previews. Oh no sorry just tried that and you can't.

Next is to explore that little known feature of Lightroom in a browser. 

And I am also going to be making better use of collections.  I refer back to Terry White in episode 216 of the grid with the best way of explaining Collections. Think of Collections as a playlist for your images. If you have 10,000 songs, you put them into playlists. You do to listen to them one after the other now?

Thanks for reading this post, which I hope helps those of you experiencing the same issues as me. Now I am going to edit some images on my new speedy laptop! Make sure you pop back to my blog tomorrow at

where I will post one of these images edited as a Smart Preview whilst not connected to the actual physical file! Amazing I have to say. 

I am a photographer living and working in Dorset. I specialise in architectural photography, commercial photography and industrial photography. And I can do other photography stuff too - just ask!