Can I restore my virtual copies?

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Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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I'm a pretty new Lightroom user, and made some edits I was pretty proud of on virtual copies. A few days later, I reopened Lightroom and they're not there. My last backup is a week ago, before those edits. I've never had a problem before with Lightroom saving my edits without  a hard backup as long as I exited the program in the proper way and didn't yank my had drive out unexpectedly. Are my virtual copies lost forever? If not, how can I get them back? If so, what is needed in the future to save them? Many thanks. Feel free to clown on me for this.

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021
A few days later, I reopened Lightroom and they're not there. Is it possible you 'opened' a different Catalog, or even started a new one? Virtual Copies only exist in a Catalog. Or do you have a Filter active that is hiding the VCs. My last backup is a week ago, before those edits. Then, that backup will not have those VC edits. I've never had a problem before with Lightroom saving my edits without a hard backup as long as I exited the program in the proper way and didn't yank my had drive...

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A few days later, I reopened Lightroom and they're not there.

Is it possible you 'opened' a different Catalog, or even started a new one? Virtual Copies only exist in a Catalog.

Or do you have a Filter active that is hiding the VCs.

 

My last backup is a week ago, before those edits.

Then, that backup will not have those VC edits.

 

I've never had a problem before with Lightroom saving my edits without a hard backup as long as I exited the program in the proper way and didn't yank my had drive out unexpectedly. Are my virtual copies lost forever?

Maybe, maybe not!  Finding a catalog that contains the VC edits will 'restore' them.

 

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Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 11.3.1 Photoshop 23.3.2, ACR 14.3, Lightroom 5.3, Lr-iOS 7.0.2, Bridge 12.0.2, Windows-10.

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Thank you, I got them back! Somehow I have two catalogues that both have the photos from my last shoot in them. I feel awful silly about this mistake but without your suggestion I don't think I would have thought to check for a second catalogue I didn't intend to make. This is a good wake-up call to get my workflow properly organized. Thanks again!

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