how to keep keywords in Bridge attached to files

I'm having problems when I open files from a portable hard drive in Adobe Bridge on different computers and assigned keywords do not show transfer. What am I doing wrong
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strungCommented:
According to:  http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/migrating-keywords-between-photoshop-bridge-and-lightroom.html


"Photoshop and Bridge have no common place to store information, instead relying on the computer's underlying operating system to track the files and folders that make up a user's collection of images. XMP metadata including keywords can be embedded directly into image files of a number of formats, but not all support it, and fewer still did when Adobe first introduced XMP. As such, they chose to utilize "sidecar" files as a means of avoiding the issue completely. Every image file that has metadata to be tracked therefore has an accompanying file of the same name with the "xmp" extension file type to keep the keywords and other metadata.

This worked well enough at first for Photoshop users as it allowed them a great deal of added features without the need to risk changes to their actual images. Keywords and metadata lives alongside those images in separate sidecar files. But the limitations of this approach quickly became evident. A user who copied images to a new location had to copy the pair of files to avoid losing their keywords. If they copied only the image file itself, all the metadata in the matching sidecar file would be left behind."
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man4artAuthor Commented:
Thank you Strung, but by this am I (novice) to understand that if the images are on a hard drive the keywords don't move with the images in the metadata?  Bit confused.
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strungCommented:
That is right. You have to move the sidecar files as well as the images. The keywords are in the sidecar files, not in the image files. The sidecar file has the same name as the corresponding image file but has an ".xmp" suffix.
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man4artAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  I think this is now beyond me.
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