Accidentally moved instead of copied images on import--my entire hard drive

Community Beginner ,
Mar 08, 2022 Mar 08, 2022

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MacBook OS Monterey 12.2.1

I accidentally MOVED rather than COPIED on a recent import--and moved ALL images on my laptop into the Pictures folder! This means any icons within apps don't render, nothing is where it was before!

Is there a way to undo this move?! I mean, short of going to Time Machine and restoring a backup from three days ago (I only now figured out what I did). 

Banging my head against a wall for sheer stupidity!! Ugh! HELP!

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LEGEND ,
Mar 08, 2022 Mar 08, 2022

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First, are you talking about Lightrom Classic? If so, what version NUMBER?

 

I'm really not understanding what happened here.

 

You did an import wrong. Then icons don't render (what icons are you talking about, please be specific). Are these icons in Lightroom Classic? Or in your operating system? Or somewhere else? 

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Mar 08, 2022 Mar 08, 2022

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While I agree that you need to give more detail as per @dj_paige's post, no, you can't undo the move. 

 

That said for Lightroom to move everything, you'd need to be importing everything, but you called it a recent import, implying one of many, so that doesn't sound right. More detail would help. 

Sean McCormack. Author. Magazine Writer. Official Fuji X-Photographer.

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Mar 08, 2022 Mar 08, 2022

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  • Lightroom Classic, 11.2 release
  • IMPORT FREQUENCY: I have not used Lightroom Classic in over a year. So, I thought, "Hey, now would be a great time to import all those images I haven't imported in forever, but where are all of my images?" Brilliantly decided if I just selected my hard drive and then hit "Import," I'd catch everything. Which indeed, I did.
  • "Icons not rendering" was just my attempt to illustrate that everything (!) had moved: system icons, application icons (see image for example of extenstions from my browser), and so on.

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Mar 09, 2022 Mar 09, 2022

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Honestly, as painful as it sounds, the Time Machine restore sounds like the least painful option here. Make sure that any recent work is backed up to an external before beginning. 

Sean McCormack. Author. Magazine Writer. Official Fuji X-Photographer.

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