Beginner’s Tip: How to Import to an External Hard Drive

Mornin’ everybody, and greetings from a chilly Philadelphia (where it’s 23° and raining. Brrrrr!). I’m here for the 2nd stop on my nationwide “Lightroom On Tour” full-day seminar. Sorry I missed blogging on Friday — I was in a less cold (but snowy) Boston for the first stop on my Lightroom and had my hands full prepping to launch the new tour.

BTW: Thanks to the 360+ photographers who came out to spend the day with me there — such a fun, gracious, totally “into it” crowd to present to (here’s a shot below from Friday).

One question that came up more than once on Friday was “How do I import directly to an external hard drive, in Lightroom’s Import Window?” so I thought I’d tackle that here this morning.

STEP ONE: In the Import window, up in the right hand corner by default it’s going to choose the location on your computer where you normally store your photos, as seen here where you can see it wants to import the photos to my computer’s Hard Drive. But, did you notice that when you move your cursor over that area (like I did here), it highlights in light gray? It does that to let you know this is a clickable link.

STEP TWO: Click anywhere in that highlighted area and a pop-up menu appear (seen here) and to choose an external hard drive, click on “Other Destination…” as shown. This brings up a regular “Open” window where you can navigate not only to your external drive, but to any particular folder on that drive.

STEP THREE: Choose your external drive (and folder) where you now what your images to be imported into, and you’re all set (as seen here, where the “TO” destination for my images is how my External Hard Drive.

Hope you found that helpful.

…the deadline to save $100 using the “Early Bird Discount” on the Photoshop World Conference 2017 coming up at the end of next month in Orlando — make sure you sign up now (hey, a-hundred bucks is a a-ahundred bucks, right!). Right here for details and tickets. 

Looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of photographers here in Philly today. Maybe I’ll get a cheesesteak from Steve’s for lunch!! Mmmmmm. Cheesesteak! 🙂

Have a good one!


P.S. My next Lightroom Seminars stops are Chicago and the Detroit next month.