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Can I link retrieved files with my LR Catalog

Community Beginner ,
Dec 01, 2022 Dec 01, 2022

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I have an external hard drive that failed - fortunately I have a cloud service backup.

 

When I obtain the drive from my backup service, all of the folders etc will be intact but as far as I know there is no way to link these to the original corresponding folders in my LR catalog and retain my LR edits. Is this true and how can solve this so that I can link the retrieved files to the folders and retrieve my edits?

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LEGEND ,
Dec 01, 2022 Dec 01, 2022

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When you replace that hard drive, and then, when you copy those folders and files from the backup, will the resultant folders and files have the same names and absolute paths as what you had before the disaster? And can you provide the new hard drive with the same name as before?

 

If so, then LrC might be happy without having to fix anything in the catalog. Or, you might simply need to update the folder(s) in the folders panel

 

see:

https://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm

 

https://lightroomkillertips.com/pointing-lightroom-classic-new-drive/

 

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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That is really helpful, I will give it a go!

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Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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yes - it is easy and works!!! Just make sure you watch the name of the first photo in the folder to sync all the others

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 04, 2022 Dec 04, 2022

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Back in business! Thanks again!

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LEGEND ,
Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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... as far as I know there is no way to link these to the original corresponding folders in my LR catalog and retain my LR edits. Is this true and how can solve this so that I can link the retrieved files to the folders and retrieve my edits?

 

It is not true. See https://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 04, 2022 Dec 04, 2022

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Thanks for your help - all good now!

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Glad to hear that!!! have fun with LRc!!

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