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Explorer ,
Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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Is there a way to get pictures back that were deleted in a folder? Back up will not work it only backs up once a week. My build is 11.2

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LEGEND ,
Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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Are the photos still on the camera card? 

 

Advice: you should not delete photos from your camera card until they have been backed up.

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Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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Thank you. No. I usually delete after I import them. I learned my lesson.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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What backup, the backup within LrC? That only backs up the catalog.

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Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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Yes. But doesn't that back up the imported pictures?

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LEGEND ,
Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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Imported images are not in the catalog file. They are simply files on your hard disk. So backing up the catalog does not make backups of the photos. You need to use some third party software to make regular and automated backups of your photos.

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Explorer ,
Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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I do back up my entire computer. I check the pictures folder > Lightroom>And I can see most of my pictures. But only ones that I have put in an archive folder under gemstone folders.

 

What I dont undertand is where are the photos that are in import folders. Here is a screenshot. Everything nested in the Jewelry folder is in my computer back ups. I am not sure where the other files are stored? Is there are way to see the links.

fyi I am on a mac and I also have dropbox.

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Community Expert ,
Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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LR's Folders panel contains a reference to all the hard drive folders referenced by the imported images.

Right-click, "show in Finder" will take you to where LR thinks the folders exist on the hard drive. Hovering over the folder name may show the full path in a "tooltip" popup.

 

You images are not "in" the LR catalog. The catalog just references the files at their locations on the hard drive. You can right-click, "show in Finder" to see where LR thinks the files exist.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 18, 2023 Jan 18, 2023

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I don't understand this part.

 

But only ones that I have put in an archive folder under gemstone folders.

 

If you havebacked up your entire computer, then you should be able to see all of your photos.

 

What I dont undertand is where are the photos that are in import folders.

 

What do you mean by import folders? Your photos are on your hard disk, wherever you put them or wherever you told LrC to put them. You can find what folder LrC thinks they are in by right-clicking on your photo in LrC and select Show in Explorer (on Windows) or Show in Finder (Mac).

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LEGEND ,
Jan 18, 2023 Jan 18, 2023

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Looking at your screenshot of your folders panel

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I notice that the one folder you have selected refers to dropbox. This may be a mapping to dropbox.

Those original photos you are having trouble locating on your MAC may be on Dropbox.

 

Note/ While Adobe does appear in documentation to support storage of photos on Dropbox for use in LrC, their wording appears to reflect IF SMART PREVIEWS are used. Also, you might see many members with issues when doing that, typically photos going missing (usually fixable by updating folder location for folder in question)

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Community Expert ,
Jan 18, 2023 Jan 18, 2023

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Do you have take a look into the trash or bin. Normally a file doesn't delete directly. It will be moved to the trash. 

 

My System: Intel i7-8700K - 64GB RAM - NVidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti - Windows 10 Pro 22H2 -- LR-Classic 12.1 - Photoshop 24.1. - Nik Collection 5 - Topaz Sharpener AI

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