As discussed in
Make thumbnails visible even if the external drive is not connected,
to be able to have only the thumbnail for files already in catalog but not physically present.
It is a very useful feature in case the user has photos in different external drives. Currently users can search across external drives thanks to have the db on the internal hard drive
but not see the thumbnails. If thumbnails were (optionally) stored on the internal drive also, the user could actually see the result of the search and then
connect the appropriate external drive to see the actual photos. It is often hard to know on which external drive you have "that" photo...
See thumbnails visible for files in catalog but on external drives even if the external drive is not connected
Ideas for improvements and requests for new features in XnView MP
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