After a recent thread on organizing photos etc. I asked DH to buy me Lightroom for my birthday and Mother's Day. I have installed it on my laptop (don't use a desktop at all anymore) and after reading extensively online I find that several experts advise using external drives with a laptop (and even most desktops) for your LR catalog and your photos. I haven't actually used it yet. My question for everyone here: Does anyone here do that with LR? I can do that since I have a 1 TB external and some smaller externals for backup. It just seems weird to work with a program that would depend on an external drive. I realize that I'm shooting in raw exclusively with two cameras and the photos take up lots of space but each time I use this program I would have to connect the external drive to my laptop just to import the photos from the card and then process the photos. Guess I just need some input here.