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Thread: Anyone split their Lightroom Catalogue in 2 before?

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    Default Anyone split their Lightroom Catalogue in 2 before?

    Hi everyone,

    I currently have both my work related photographs as well as personal photographs in one computer under one Lightroom catalog. All the photographs are now on external drives.

    I've set up another computer and I wish to split the existing catalog into two, one for work one for personal stuff. On top of this, I'm going to format the existing drive to install windows7.

    I was wondering what's the proper way to split the current catalog into 2? Can I just export the catalog without exporting the master copies (since they are on external drives), and then import this catalog file into the fresh copies of lightroom and redirect the files to the appropriate folders?

    I just wanted to be sure as the loss of the catalog will be just a huge disaster!

    Thanks!
    Ervine

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    Default Re: Anyone split their Lightroom Catalogue in 2 before?

    Select all work or personal stuff and export photos into a new catalogue. you have then also the option to include the originals files or leave them at the old place. you can export directly onto the new HD. The old catalogue will still be there can and contain all photos... so is pretty safe
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    Default Re: Anyone split their Lightroom Catalogue in 2 before?

    Why not create another catalog...for office and personel...?


    Quote Originally Posted by enivre View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I currently have both my work related photographs as well as personal photographs in one computer under one Lightroom catalog. All the photographs are now on external drives.

    I've set up another computer and I wish to split the existing catalog into two, one for work one for personal stuff. On top of this, I'm going to format the existing drive to install windows7.

    I was wondering what's the proper way to split the current catalog into 2? Can I just export the catalog without exporting the master copies (since they are on external drives), and then import this catalog file into the fresh copies of lightroom and redirect the files to the appropriate folders?

    I just wanted to be sure as the loss of the catalog will be just a huge disaster!

    Thanks!
    Ervine

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    Default Re: Anyone split their Lightroom Catalogue in 2 before?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Why not create another catalog...for office and personel...?
    Thanks for the replies. I think it should be pretty safe, I'll try exporting one first and see how it goes.

    I'll be running 2 different computers at 2 different locations, so will need 2 copies of lightroom and 2 different catalogs.

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