I'm in the process of building a new computer to replace my elderly (>6 year-old WinXP) system. This seems like the right place to ask questions about the pitfalls of such a move. The database is in the form of a single Lightroom catalog of Raw files (not DNG). The images were ingested using IIp into a naming scheme and file structure that I'm happy with, and want to replicate on the new Win7 system.
1: The plan was to temporarily move the old hard drive into the new system and move the entire database to its new location on new drives. Then have a new instance of Lightroom import the files at their new location. Does that make sense? Is there a beter way?
2: But since I've been using only Raw files up to this point, I'm also considering converting to DNG at the same time. Maybe, using IIp, I could re-ingest (and re-verify) everything from the old drive to the new one converting to DNG in the process. Are there any pitfalls to this?
3: What do I need to do to insure everything in the "old" Lightroom catalog comes along into a new instance of Lightroom?
It's going to be a real joy to have a Core I7 with 8 GB of RAM and 1.6 TB of hard drive space instead of my ancient Pentium with .5 GB Ram and 320 GB of drive space.
Thanks for any suggestions you can offer.