moving from Mac Pro to Mac Mini + moving ON1 2021 to 2023
Double question here:
I'm moving all my work from an OLD Mac Pro (2010) to a Mac Mini M2 (2023)...
with this said, all my file structure is going to change, as in the Mac Pro I have 4 internal HDs, and with the Mac Mini I'll have to reduce to one internal and one external...
-- how do I move/copy my catalog?
-- how do I make the catalog recognize the new file structure?
at the same time, the Mac Mini will have ON1 2023 installed, instead of the 2021 I have in the Mac Pro.
extra issue: as Lightroom export didn't work for me after many many attempts (270,000 photos), during my installation of 2021 I opted not to have the .on1 sidecar files...
Trying to move a catalog to a new PC is sketchy at best. It's far easier to simply build a new one on the new PC.
You aren't going to be able to do that. The different directory structure is going to cause the Edits for the not found photos to be dumped and you have no .on1 files for backup or to rebuild the catalog from.
While PR2023 has a Backup/Restore option, PR2021 does not so that's not an option either.
I think you've got yourself in a very bad situation now. My first tip would be to turn on sidecars and make sure those are fully created before doing anything else. Once the sidecars are created, then COPY (don't move) your photos and their sidecars to the new pc and try building a new catalog from them. Don't delete or change anything on the old PC until you know the new one is working properly and all of your edits are intact.0
Where are you photos currently stored? If they are on one of the non boot drives in your system you can move that drive to an external enclosure so your file structure doesn't change where they are concerned. You can then simply copy your Photo RAW user data to the new machine and everything should work. This is how I moved from a G5 to a MacBook Pro and from there to my current M1 mini.
The user data is stored at ~/Library/Application Support/ON1/. Copy that entire folder to your boot drive on the new system in the same location.0
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