I have a dilemma that I would appreciate some help with.
I shall describe the complete situation for maximum comprehension and hope that some solutions come forward to occasional questions posed along the way and the really big one at the end.
Australia opened up and I could see my family at last. Anticipating two weeks of quarantine I made a plan to deep dive into my photography dedicated to the process of sorting, long listing, developing and shortlisting from my libraries with a view to a subsequent exhibition or perhaps a photo book.
To this purpose I took a lesson from Hudson Henry and invested in a 2TB T7 SSD. And a 500 GB WD flash drive as a scratch & cache disk (having only recently discovered that the vast majority of the ‘Other’ filling up and compromising my hard disk was actually On1 cache files this was a truly massive tip).
On to the T7 I copied my entire library of digital photography from the external SSD that has been my mainstay for some time.
Generally sorted into folders by Year eg ‘2020’ within which is a folder for each event/project/location/theme/ e.g ‘The Mournes’ as well as a folder for my photography of my Installations of Light e.g. ‘2020 Installations of Light’ within which I have folders for each Project and often folders for each photography session of that project. Further back in time there would be a folder of Recces for sub-folders of the reconnaissance trips for those lighting projects.
I also have a folder of Video and my old iPhoto and Photos libraries which begs another huge question that I shall not ask for now (I expect an answer is in these fora already).
The more recent photography had been imported by PhotoRaw with metadata presets including a renaming system of <Custom Name_Image Date_ [Image Time_]Original file name > and, as I have to add a location I usually modify a custom preset to add EXIF, IPTC, Location, GPS, Description, Copyright & appropriate Keywords
I import into a Folder (of said Custom Name).
Earlier photography is in such folders but not yet renamed or metadated. Some are even in larger TBS folders to be sorted usually because I needed to empty a card in a hurry.
One of my questions asks how best to apply such a metadata protocol to the contents a folder without ‘importing’ them again?
Or do I import them into a new folder and then delete the original?
So, I now connect up my two external SSDs and launch On1 Photo Raw 2022.
In Preferences I have the Scratch Folder and Cache Files directed to the WD SSD.
The first thing I notice is that the folders that had previously been catalogued are no longer available. Obviously so because the drive is on the other side of the planet.
How should I proceed?
As the T7 is at the moment a facsimile of the absent drive. I understand the catalogue cannot be redirected. I suspect that is simply not possible because of something blindingly obvious.
So I must catalogue anew the T7 as an entirely independent drive.
However the latter will probably show two of everything in the folder hierarchy(s) which would be distracting at the very least.
Could that be alleviated if I completely emptied my cache & scratch disk before I embarked on the novel catalogue exercise?
What would happen if I deleted the settings file?
What would happen if I Reset On1 PR2022?
If I do catalogue the T7 on a new install I now understand it would interpret all the metadata and would it also pick up such things as edits made and even pick up the keywords, which is something else!
But what about albums? How do albums work? They are presumably databases saved somewhere in settings and not comparable to folders but where are they saved? (Fortunately I do not have many and in researching this issue I have learned quite a lot about them).
I presume on my return to Ireland to reduplicate everything back onto the other drive so that I have the two facsimile back-ups. I shall later decide which one is the primary working drive but it is most likely to be this T7. However if anyone has a comment about that process I would be interested too?
(NB, another alternative could be to install On1 Raw 2022 on my partners iMac and catalogue the entire collection there using the T7 data & the Scratch disk. I would be able to make progress on the task but how would I then unify everything back home? Moreover, I would be confined to a desk.)
How best should I proceed?
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