error message "the file [x] is associated with another photo in the catalog"

Advocate ,
Mar 15, 2019 Mar 15, 2019

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I moved some photos around and want to relink them to a collection.  (I store my images on an external hard drive, and as needs have changed, have had to upgrade to larger hard drives and moved my images there.)  Typically I never have a problem relinking an image.  But I am getting the error message that is the subject line of this posting.  What is this due to and how can it be corrected?  Thanks.

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 15, 2019 Mar 15, 2019

This error occurs when you try to relink a file, but you choose the wrong one in the relink dialog. So for example file “A” is shown as missing. You click the exclamation point to relink it, but instead of choosing “A” at its current location, you select “B” by mistake. Because “B” is already in the catalog, you will get this error.

Another possibility is that you reimported the file before you tried to relink it. Because you reimported it, Lightroom now has two catalog entries. The original ent

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Mar 15, 2019 Mar 15, 2019

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It appears after looking at the images in the collection that I have already re-linked them.  However, somehow, the same files are duplicated in the collection and are not linked.  How would this happen?  If you re-link a file, doesn't it override the file that whose link was lost?  How do I mass delete these "unlinked" files?

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Mar 15, 2019 Mar 15, 2019

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This error occurs when you try to relink a file, but you choose the wrong one in the relink dialog. So for example file “A” is shown as missing. You click the exclamation point to relink it, but instead of choosing “A” at its current location, you select “B” by mistake. Because “B” is already in the catalog, you will get this error.

Another possibility is that you reimported the file before you tried to relink it. Because you reimported it, Lightroom now has two catalog entries. The original entry that you try to relink, and the new entry. Because thay new entry exists, you get the error when to try to relink the original entry. The only way to solve this is by removing the newly imported image from the catalog again before you try to relink the original entry.

You say you moved files around. If you moved a folder of files, rather than individual files, then it’s much better to relink the entire folder, instead of the individual files. It should show as ‘missing’ (name in italics and a question mark). Right-click on it and choose ‘Find Missing Folder’. In the dialog that follows, navigate to the current location of that folder on the hard drive and select it. Done.

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Advocate ,
Mar 16, 2019 Mar 16, 2019

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I think it's the 2nd scenario.  Thanks for the information.

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Explorer ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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Hi. I am encountering the same issue, with the only difference that there are no "duplicated files". 

 

For example, I imported file "A", which automatically is shown as missing (out of an import of 25 files, 21 are shown missing, and I can't find out why). So I click on the exclamation point to relink it, and choose the right file, file "A". But, even though I chose the right file, Lr pops up the error. When I click on "Show in Library" there is only one file "A" in the entire catalog. There are no duplicates of file "A".

 

How can I solve this?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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Please do not attach images, but embed them, so other people do not have to download them to see them. Use this button:

Embed screenshot.jpg

 

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Explorer ,
Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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Sure!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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Clicking 'Show in Library' will only show this one file, so that does not mean anything. What happens if you select 'All Photographs' and search for the file in there?

 

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Explorer ,
Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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tried that too. it only shows one file "A"

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Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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This sounds like catalog corruption. Do you have a catalog backup from before this happened?

 

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Explorer ,
Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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Yes I do, what should I do?

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New Here ,
Jul 02, 2022 Jul 02, 2022

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Did you ever get a reply as Iv got exactly the same issue? 

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LEGEND ,
Jul 02, 2022 Jul 02, 2022

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You get the message "the file [x] is associated with another photo in the catalog" because the photo is in your catalog more than once. You have probably (accidentally) imported this photo twice.

 

You need to find these photos in Lightroom. Follow all four steps in order:


1. In the Lightroom Classic Library Module, on the left, under Catalog, click on All Photographs
2. Turn off all filters (Ctrl-L once or twice)
3. Turn off all stacking (Photo->Stacking->Expand All Stacks)
4. Search for at least one of these photos by file name using the Lightroom Classic Filter Bar

 

Let us know the results of this search, we can then inform you about the next steps.

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New Here ,
Jul 08, 2022 Jul 08, 2022

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I have exactly the same issue as described by toiamontesdeoca with 4 folders. I followed the instructions provided by dj_paige but Lightroom Classic still finds only one copy of the files that have these issue. Is there any other way to try to solve this?

lightroom cant find photo.jpg

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LEGEND ,
Jul 08, 2022 Jul 08, 2022

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Please start a new thread, and explain your problem in detail (which means ... do not say "I have the same problem as ... ").

 

In addition, please state clearly the version NUMBER of your Lightroom/Lightroom Classic.

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Jul 11, 2022 Jul 11, 2022

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Hi there

 

What are the next steps?

 

Thank you!

 

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New Here ,
Jul 12, 2022 Jul 12, 2022

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Whilst I never found a way to reconnect the lost images I have found a way to stop it happening. The next time I uploaded I ticked at import an option to not import suspected duplicate files. When I did this ever other thumbnail/file was greyed out and on closer examination I noticed that there was in fact 2 copies of ever file showing. By importing this way the files are staying connected. I don’t however know why I’m getting two copies of each file as I don’t see them on the SD card when in the camera, but I’m not worrying as Iv fixed my problem.

Regards Mandy

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Jul 12, 2022 Jul 12, 2022

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Thanks Mandy!

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LEGEND ,
Jul 12, 2022 Jul 12, 2022

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@Andy25042048tudv 

 

Please start a new thread and explain your problem in detail. I'll be happy to help you in a new thread.

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Explorer ,
Jul 12, 2022 Jul 12, 2022

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hi, noo sorry never got an answer. 

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LEGEND ,
Jul 12, 2022 Jul 12, 2022

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@toiamontesdeoca this is a problem when there are several people asking (possibly) about slightly different problems, it's not clear who has been answered and who has not been answered. So one thread for one person's problem, not one thread for multiple people's problems. Please start a new thread, describe your problem in detail, and I will be happy to help.

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