I have my photos on a network drive, about 30,000 photos in about 500 sub-directories. I would like to get access to these photos in Lightroom, so I added the photos directory as folder in Lightroom, but it took forever scanning through the photos, so this was not usable.
Is there a way to get direct access to many photos on a network drive?
Based on @CodyPace answer, I did some disk read speed testing.
The access time for doing MD5 checksum calculation of ~500 files (8 GB) is:
- Local: 15 s
- Network: 115 s
Thus ratio of ~7.7 .
The Lightroom directory import time for the same ~500 files (8 GB) is:
- Local: 23 s
- Network: 172 s
Thus ratio of ~7.5 .
So the difference in Lightroom import speed can be justified by the difference in disk read speed, and mentioned by @CodyPace... it just felt much slower ;-)