OK, it’s time to bite the bullet. I just read Rob Sheppard’s article about organizing Lightroom in the August issue of Outdoor Photographer. I have way too many photos! And I know I need help. That’s the first step, right? Following Rob’s advice, I decided to put my photos on a separate hard drive while keeping my OS and programs on another. My first question was, “how do I tell my catalog where to find the new location of the photos, AND not lose my settings?” I searched the PN forums and found this link from Adobe about optimizing Lightroom. http://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/optimize-performance lightroom.html#main_Optimize_your_hardware_and_OS This seemed to conflict with Rob’s advice as Adobe says using an external drive “can negatively affect Lightroom performance” unless used with USB 3.0 or Firewire. I understand the benefits when accessing an external drive by more than one computer. Which setup do you use? External drive? System disk? USB 2.0, 3.0, eSATA, or Firewire? I appreciate any and all input on this before I start my belated “spring cleaning”. And if I move my photos to an external drive I will need to know how to tell the catalog where they went. I currently use the external drives to copy everything. Thanks for your input. Aloha.