So I guess this is my debut question. I sure hope someone has had a similar experience.
I've been editing photos with LR 2.7 on 2 drives (a local MacBook Pro drive and an external Seagate formatted as NTFS). You might be wondering, "Hrm, why is this guy using an NTFS drive on his MacBook if all he can do is read it." Well, that's the problem, I was using the external drive on another desktop for a while and then moved to using LR on my Mac without realizing that I was working with a read-only volume until just recently (the catalogs are being stored on the local drive). Ugh!
So here's the plan, and this is where I'd love some advice:
- Copy all photos off of the external drive and onto another.
- Reformat the external drive as FAT32.
- Move all the previously copied photos back over to the reformatted drive.
- Open Lightroom, navigate to the drive, and PRAY TO ALMIGHTY GOD that it is able to match all the catalog data with the photos on the drive.
Any thoughts on the last step? I'd love to hear from someone who has migrated their photos before. I'd love even more if someone could tell me exactly how the catalog matches the LR data (stored in XML file(s) right) to the filesystem.
Also, I'm a software engineer, so technical details are welcome :)
Thanks so much, Adam