If you’re transferring between platforms, it’s even more important that you set Lightroom to show the folder hierarchy (step 1) to make it easy to relink missing files, as Windows works with drive letters and Mac OS X works with drive names.
If you’re moving from Windows to Mac or vice versa, some of the file locations will be different, especially for preferences and presets.
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The process of moving your catalog cross-platform is exactly the same as moving to a new machine of the same platform.
If you’re wiping the hard drive in the process, rather than running both machines at the same time, it’s even more important to make sure that you don’t miss anything.
For extra security, you may choose to write most of your settings to the files, in addition to your catalog backups.
It’s especially important if you’re moving to a different operating system. Check your backups Next, you need to make sure that all of the essentials are backed up—the catalogs, photos, preferences, presets, profiles, defaults, plug-ins and any other related files.
Click here for a full list of all the Lightroom files you need to include in your backups.
If any plug-ins are incorrectly loaded or missing, add them again at their new locations. When you’re finished with the other machine, go to Help menu Note that these instructions are for a one-way move, for example, moving from an old computer to a new one, or reinstalling your operating system.