Please help me…I’m getting very frustrated from hearing about, and reading about, different places to put my master lightroom catalog(s) and the corresponding image files. I've searched these forums, but haven't found any threads relating to my specific question.
Here is my dilemma…I have my master catalog on my C drive on my laptop. Lightroom put it there by default when I first started using Lightroom (Lightroom 2.7). My C drive has filled up very quickly, so I think I would like to move the master catalog and put it on one of my empty 1TB portable external hard drives. Right now, I have all my image files (DNG) on external hard drives and would like to learn how to tie everything together and still keep it portable.
I put the master catalog for all image files on one external hard drive, and put all the corresponding image files on other external hard drives (probably by year). This would allow me to store a much larger master catalog in one place. It will eventually fill up, but hopefully I'll have worked out the kinks by then.
I put the each year’s master catalog and its corresponding image files all on the same external hard drive. This would allow me to access each years image files (and the master catalog for it) as needed. In theory, each year will get its own hard drive with the master catalog and the corresponding image files…I hope I’m explaining this correctly.
I'm open to any and all ideas you may have for a better way to handle this
So…what is the general consensus…one master catalog, or many catalogs? and why? I’d really love to hear your opinions.
Also, what's the best (easiest) way to move the master catalog?
Thanks for any help you can provide...Theresa