Welcome Dialog

Welcome to the Community!

We have a brand new look! Take a tour with us and explore the latest updates on Adobe Support Community.


Corrupt Catalog

Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I have a catalog which says folders and files are in one place - but they are not, in Explorer you can see they are in a different place entirely.

When I try to tell Lr to move these displayed floders to the right place it says it can't because a folder already exists there. So how do I correct these orphaned files?@

 

I have tried syncronising folder structure. Optimg the catalog and updating the folders.

 

What else can I try please?

Thanks

TOPICS
Problem or error, Sync, Windows

Views

183

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines

correct answers 1 Correct answer

Adobe Community Professional , Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021
If Explorer is showing the files in the desired location, the in LR library module, go to the Folders panel, select the folder containing the "wrong" location files, and do a "relocate folder". If a second copy of the files still exist, you can delete the "wrong" location files to the recycle bin until you are sure that they are truly not needed any more.

Likes

Translate

Translate
Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Your description would suggest you may have 'imported' the photos (in one folder) to the Catalog by using the "COPY" option (to another folder).

The result of this that the Lightroom Catalog is showing you the folders and files that it 'copied', while Explorer is showing the Folder location of the 'source' files. ie. You now have two separate folders of the same files.

 

Try a test- Select and View one photo in the Library Grid- [Right-click] on the photo and choose [Show in Explorer]. Note the Folder location.

Now report back in a reply-

1) Which Folder is Lightroom referencing the photo in as shown by the [Show in Explorer] ? and

2) Which Folder do YOU think the photos are in?

Include some screen-clips to show us the Folder & File paths that you see. These will help a diagnosis.

 

If any Folders in the Catalog show the [?] or Photos in the Grid view show [!], then you have another problem that needs further answers.

Do NOT 'Synchronize' folders- This can cause further problems!

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.4, Photoshop 22.5, Lightroom 4.4, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Beginner ,
Feb 23, 2021 Feb 23, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Thanks - see reply to ManiacJoe

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

If Explorer is showing the files in the desired location, the in LR library module, go to the Folders panel, select the folder containing the "wrong" location files, and do a "relocate folder".

 

If a second copy of the files still exist, you can delete the "wrong" location files to the recycle bin until you are sure that they are truly not needed any more.

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Beginner ,
Feb 23, 2021 Feb 23, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Sorry - Pressed wrong button and answer lost - will rewrite now

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Beginner ,
Feb 23, 2021 Feb 23, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

After poting here it was late and so I went to bed closing down the computer to reboot today. I did not perform a backup

Today a lot of the problems had disappeared!. However I was left with a folder which appears just under "last Import" which contained images "no longer in Lr" - yes they were! In addition there were the files coming off the root - according to Lr which were actually elsewhere. These images date from 11 and 12/2019 and 1 and 2/2020. They are not recent imports - They have been ok until now.

So I tried "Updating Folder Location" on one of the folder and it worked it appeared in the structure just where I expected. So then I wondered if a batch change would work - I highlighted several folders. But it didn't.

So labouriously I updated each misplaced folder. Most just worked but three of them gave a message "Folder exists do you want to merge?". So I said yes and they worked too.

At this point 40 of the 'missing' images had gone from the error folder leaving three.

I searched for these and in explorer they were present and in the correct place. So I removed the error images from the catalog. This also removed them from the structure but the error folder went.

So at this point I syncronised the folder with the three missing images - They came back.

Long and short is - I think I have recovered. I'm just not sure how these errant folders went missing/misplaced.

Thanks to everybody for the replies/suggestions. I'm very grateful - I didn't know about the update folder command.

Thanks again

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 23, 2021 Feb 23, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

>> I have tried syncronising folder structure. Optimg the catalog and updating the folders.

 

Here you'll find a lot of informations about your questions

How do I rearrange existing photos into a new dated folder structure? | The Lightroom Queen

How do I reorganize my Folders panel? | The Lightroom Queen

 

 

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Beginner ,
Feb 23, 2021 Feb 23, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

LATEST

Thanks very interesting. Have read them. See above for my solution via ManiacJoe

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines