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| p.1 #2 · need help with hard drive setup / library configuration |
I have a similar problem, but with an internal 2TB drive on my iMac. I already backup my photos on a 3TB Western Digital external drive. My Lightroom catalog, at it's largest, was ridiculously huge, 115,000 images since I installed LR3. My first strategy was to go back and delete everything in my LR3 catalog that wasn't a "pick". That reduced my library significantly (maybe by 70%). That gave me some breathing room. I still have a very large LR catalog, but my 3TB external drive still has everything I've shot since I got the iMac.
I'm about to install LR4. I think my strategy will be to simply move my LR3 images to another external drive (I have three), and start with a fresh, new LR4 catalog. My reason for this is a concern over the advisability of starting my new LR4 install with a 40,000 image catalog brought in from LR3 with its outdated process version. I've edited those images already, and moved on.
So basically, I'm thinking that it's best to move your stuff that isn't "current" to a new drive. You can still find them in your LR catalog if you update the moved images by pointing LR to the new drive.
Hope this helps, and I'll be looking for anyone else's advice on this topic, too.