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Sun, Sep 25, 2011 1:55 PM

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Lightroom: Display A & B Drive letters in Import Destination on Windows (NOT FIXED in 6.3))

In the import dialogue in Lightroom 3 on Windows the drive letters A: and B: does not show up. I have A: assigned to an HDD and B: assigned to an SSD where I like to save my DNG files. (It was a VERY long time ago since those drive letters were reserved for floppy drives).




My suggestion is to make all drive letters assigned to an attached storage device visible as a destination in the import dialogue.

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70 Points

9 y ago

I think the problem is that Lightroom is using the wrong Windows API for the import destination dialog.

There are at least three Windows APIs for determining valid drive letters: GetLogicalDrives(), GetLogicalDriveStrings(), GetVolumeInformation(). I wrote a simple program to query each, and I get these results on my Windows 7 system:

Windows drive letters.

GetLocalDrives():
A:\ C:\ D:\ E:\ F:\ G:\ K:\ L:\ M:\ O:\ P:\ S:\ T:\ V:\ W:\ X:\ Z:\
GetLocalDrives() returned 17 drive letters.

GetLogicalDriveStrings():
A:\ C:\ D:\ E:\ F:\ G:\ K:\ L:\ M:\ O:\ P:\ S:\ T:\ V:\ W:\ X:\ Z:\
GetLogicalDriveStrings() returned 17 drive letters.

GetVolumeInformation():
C:\ E:\ F:\ G:\ K:\ M:\ O:\ P:\ S:\ T:\ V:\ W:\ X:\ Z:\
GetVolumeInformation() returned 14 drive letters.

My guess is that this dialog uses GetVolumeInformation(), which does not return information about the A: or B: drive, regardless of whether it exists or not.

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236 Points

8 y ago

Thanks for the windows API info.. you are probably right.
I noticed GetVolumeInformation() also left out your D: and L: drives as well. They are either using the wrong API as you suggest, or they are simply removing A: and B: from the list on their own.. either way, this problem is so EASY to fix, and since you cannot run lightroom 5 on any computer with a floppy drive in it... as stated in the system requirements here:

http://www.adobe.com/products/photosh...

•Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8

and no windows 7 computer ever had a floppy drive and the motherboards do not have floppy interfaces.. the only hope for a floppy on a windows 7 or 8 machine is to use a USB floppy drive.. and those can be ANY drive letter... so they might as well fix this legitimate BUG and make everyone happy.

Actually the BEST solution would be to have a setting in preferences to ask what drive letters to display in the import dialog, and include A: and B: I really don't need to be seeing my CD-ROM drive that I can't write to, or any of the 4 drive letters my USB3.0 card reader displays.. even showing my DVD-RW drive is useless.. what am I going to do? burn a DVD with my imported photos and attempt to work with the on a DVD? Or why not just give us a place to type in where we want to import things and remember what we have used previously? that way one could use my catalog on \\server1\lightroom\ or something as well

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74 Points

7 y ago

Are you kidding me? Jesus Christ Adobe, let me see my god damned drives.

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102 Points

7 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom can't see one of my hard drives and import photos from it. What's it got against that one drive?.


Why does Lightroom not import photos from my B: drive (a hard drive where most of my pictures are saved)? It has no problem finding and importing photos on on 7 other drives, memory cards and flash drives, but it won't even let me take it by the hand and show where the photos are on my B: drive. This is my maiden import, and it's really irritating. Does it think B: drives disappeared with the floppies?

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7 y ago

See this post for workarounds using network drives and mount points:
https://forums.adobe.com/message/6801...

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90 Points

7 y ago

It is very simple. The list of potential source should be user-definabile. There isn't a single developer inside Adobe that could guess what users throw at it. Just put the user in power and let her define what could possibly be a source for images

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6 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom 6.1.1 for Windows (7 Prof.) does not show drive letters A: and B: in im....

All other drive letters will be OK, but if you use drive letters A: or B: for local hard drive partitions, they will not be shown in some places in LR6 (e.g. import dialog or folder pane on the left).

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See this post above for how to import from A and B: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

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We are not trying to import FROM A: or B: we are trying to Import TO hard drives A: or B:

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Some in this topic are asking about the import destination, and some are asking about the import source (Foto VI, McNamara, Ron White). The issue occurs in multiple places.

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6 y ago

This has been FIXED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lightroom 6.2.1 has a completely new Import screen and A: and B: are now available as drives to Import TO.. this means the catalog can exist and the photos in the catalog can exist on either A: or B: I have tested this and so far I can find no issues at all importing TO A: or B: or using a catalog with photos stored on A: or B:



Also for those of you who were wanting to import FROM A: or B: this is also possible, however there are minor bugs. As you can see, A: and B: show up as drives in the Drives selection box of the Import screen



But a minor bug here is that on the next screen, it shows that all subfolders are selected, and NO FILES are found, but that is not true...



If you select the subfolder you want, THERE THEY ARE! also re-selecting All subfolders shows the files. When I tried an import from drive L: it defaulted to NO subfolders, and so I had to select all subfolders to see my photos.

Also note that A: and B: do NOT show up under My Computer on the left, however if you push the browse button below that, you can see them and select them and they seem to work just fine... It would be nice if A: and B: were in the list as there is no reason not to show them.

But This all makes me VERY happy, because even though there are these few bugs, at least the basic functionality is there and it's easy to work around these few things.

It's SO nice when the customers are heard!

THANK YOU ADOBE!!!!

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Thank you!  This was very helpful! I store all my images on a G-Technology RAID system with the Drive Letter A (First one suggested when I installed it).  The A Drive and all images show up in my library, but I could not import FROM or TO the A Drive. The explanation above did work for me.  I don't like it but at least it works.
Lightroom needs to be able to import FROM and TO any drive elther that the user selects!!!   Please fix this Adobe!

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6 y ago

Adobe just announced that they will "will restore the previous import experience. We are still working on details and timing." (http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjourn...) If they restore the old implementation, then this bug could very well resurface, unfortunately. Let's hope for the best of both worlds...

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nooooooooooooooooooo I like the new one much better!!! I'm afraid you are right, if they restore the previous import method, there's a 99% chance they will just revert to the old code... it's quick and easy. If people are complaining about the new import, why not just make it an option under preferences?? then everyone is happy... after all they went through all the trouble of making the new one.

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6 y ago

As we suspected, this problem has resurfaced in LR CC 2015.3 / 6.3, which reverted to the old import screen.

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5 y ago

I'm amused by the multitude of posts of people who have the same problem. I'm certain all the things I want to complaining about on this issue have already been said so I'll just add my 2 cents and vote that Adobe recognize this idiotic limitation and remove it. 

I will say A and B have never been reserved by Windows. It's just that they were often used by people as a legacy thing as we had FDDs before HDDs. In Windows 3.1 I had my OS HDD "A" and my 3.5" floppy "B". Windows was happy with it but many of my software vendor's programmers were idiots and assumed they would be installing and working on the C drive. 

Also it's quite simple to detect what kind of drive it is. I mean what if I had a floppy drive on Z?

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104 Points

5 y ago

Wow, is it possible that we face the issue after so many years? Yes, it is. 

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5 y ago

Added my vote, I find it utterly stupid that Adobe can't just add this, why even filter the drives out? If a drive is mounted, show it. 

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It is possible that Adobe will never change this while Microsoft continue to 'Hard-wire' the A & B drives as 'protected' drives in the Windows operating system.

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It's been possible to assign A and B to any drive since at least Windows XP.  Nothing in the Windows API prevents LR from determining if there's a drive assigned to A and B.

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4 y ago

UPDATE:  It's 2017, and this still hasn't been fixed.  (Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC, 2015.12)

 I just added a couple of massive (by today's standards) 8TB drives and assigned them A:\ and B:\ for all my glorious photo-storing and editing needs.  Alas, Lightroom is still broken as far as this goes.

NOBODY USES FLOPPY DRIVES ANY MORE.

FEW PEOPLE EVEN USE CDS OR DVDS ANY MORE.

UPDATE THE DRIVE LIST ON IMPORT FUNCTIONALITY!

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6 m ago

I have a 'Left of centre field' HDD set up.
Adobe Lightroom doesn't recognize (A:), I'll also assume (B:), for import. Could this be adjusted since we are no longer booting from 3.5" floppy disks?

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Recognize (A:) and (B:) for import

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