Hi @jimre it is great having you look over my shoulder through all this. Thank you.
I have been accused of being really good at making things more complicated than they need to be… Still, I am finding that understanding how Mylio works is quite challenging.
Some of the stuff in the old thread that I mentioned to is still useful but I decided that for me it is probably best to make a fresh take on things and stop referring to that-- simply because I was mis-using a lot of terms (for example vault and library) over there. So I started this new thread-- hoping to maybe limit the focus more narrowly, use the terminology more accurately, etc.
In the new post I made here, I also neglected to explain (apologies!) that for now I am just doing a test import, to get to the point where I understand what is going on. So I am not importing all of my photos, which would be too much to store on the laptop-- just a small subset of them.
Also, for this test, I am focusing only on the laptop and its external drive. No other devices. Given my current level of understanding (which clearly has its limits!) I think my first goal here is solely to get the subset of photos in to Mylio, from where they currently are on the external drive, but leave the external drive as not a device.
So the aim is to have the laptop be the device, with quality settings as vault, and it’s fine for now that the Mylio database and content files are all right on the laptop hard drive (they aren’t too big, during this initial test; later I plan to relocate them to the external drive, but that is not the topic of this thread-- am trying to separate that issue).
Now, I thought I learned at some point that the external drive can be configured not to be a device, i.e. I would just be importing the photos from it but the originals would not become part of Mylio (not source folders etc)-- so in principle I could then remove the external drive and Mylio would not care. So that’s what I am trying to do, if it’s possible. Based on that, I decided Add Without Moving seemed like the wrong choice.
I think that effectively what I want is the functionality of “Import with Copy” (not using an external drive), but the ability to do that from the external drive. But I saw a warning in the documentation, something about how importing from an external drive without using “External Drive Import” is not supported and causes unexpected behavior, so I steered clear from trying “Import with Copy”, and instead tried “External Drive Import / Copy external drive”.
But that turned my external drive in to a device. I wasn’t expecting that.
Maybe the problem is with my use of the term “device”. Maybe what I just did (copy ext drive) has actually accomplished what I wanted, and I should be content with the external drive being a device, because it is a “device that won’t count against the device limits of my subscription”?