I accidentally deleted a folder from lightroom classic.
It still existed on a backup HD so I copied the folder into explorer (in the same location and with the same name as the old folder) and tried to import it.
When I do so, the old folder shows up with the photos greyed out. From there, I can't check for their location.
Curiously when I search for them with filters, I get no results.
The photos and folder show up only during an attempt to import them from explorer.
Other wise the folder does not show up in LR. It does show up in Explorer.
I have tried synchronizing the parent folder. I have tried restarting both the computer and LR classic.
Currently, it is still synching (78,000 photos).
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...the question being... how do I get the folder back into lightroom with its photos.
Hello. Thank you for your reply.
I must be missing something. I do understand how to find and reconnect files and folders that show up but need to be reconnected. But in this case...The folder in Explorer 2000fromBtown does not show up at all in Lightroom. I have tried synching the entire photos folder and that doesn't put it in view. It doesn't show up for import.
Is there some other way to add it in the folders panel?
Outside of LrC, create a new folder with a similar name.
Copy at least one photo into the new folder. Use a photo from the folder that is giving you grief.
In LrC, import that photo use ADD, not Copy)
Thank you. I did as you suggest. The folders shows up in explorer. They also show up in LrC. But to LrC, the new folder is empty so there is nothing to import. I unchecked "dont' import duplicates." just to see, but still "no photos to import.
Time to give Adobe a chat
Thank you for your replies! I will do that!
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It still existed on a backup HD so I copied the folder into explorer (in the same location and with the same name as the old folder) and tried to import it. When I do so, the old folder shows up with the photos greyed out. From there, I can't check for their location.
Greyed out photos when you Import indicate clearly that the photos are already in the catalog. You should NOT (repeating SHOULD NOT) import them again. Synchronizing is also the wrong thing to do. The photos are in the Lightroom Classic catalog, but in a different folder than you think they are in
You need to find these photos in Lightroom Classic. Follow all of these 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