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Help with missing files

New Here ,
May 21, 2024 May 21, 2024

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I am having difficulty locating some files in LRC. I believe it is due to the file location changing (long story everything on computer was wiped) I have shown LRC the new file location (external hard drive) and It goes into compolete meltdown and deletes my catalogue. I have two videos showing the problem in detail. If anyone could please help it would be greatly appreciated. 

 

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/6afhefjge2qz98mf07gt3/AHuKrBhhjDyqXxFZsF94bpM?rlkey=9446gmkve96fqy5u7... 

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May 21, 2024 May 21, 2024

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You're going to have to give more detail. What do you mean by "shown LRC the new file location"? Does that mean right clicking a folder in Folders panel and using the Update Folder Location command? When you say "deletes my catalogue", that is very unusual.

 

As for your videos, can I suggest putting them on YouTube or uploading them into LrWeb (via drag and drop a browser). Maybe others will, but I'm not going to download something from a stranger's Dropbox.

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New Here ,
May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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Thank you @john beardsworth I will do my best to upload the videos to youtube and then be in touch with the link.

I really appreciate everyones time helping me out. I am super confused and frustrated. Appreciate the patience and knowledge very much.

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Engaged ,
May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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Hi @FRKM AUSTRALIA ,

 

Can you provide a copy of your catalog ( the .lrcat file only, no photos or previews ) in drop box and I will see if I can help you. I hope you have a backup copy of your catalog and if so, provide that one please.

 

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LEGEND ,
May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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Do not provide a copy of your catalog, do not provide a backup. There could be personal information in there ... such as family members' names, your home's location, etc.

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Engaged ,
May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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Some of us honestly want to help. PM me would be best.

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New Here ,
May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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Thanks a lot for your time also @drtonyb I will be in touch

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Engaged ,
May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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@FRKM AUSTRALIA 

I sent you a Private Message. See the envelope in to top right of the page.

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Engaged ,
May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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I fully understand any privacy concerns about providing a catalog, so here is an alternative:

 

Make a copy of the catalog.

Open the copy in LrC and Remove all photos except the one shown in the posted video.

Remove all metadata/personal information associated with that photo.

Upload to drop box and send a link in a Private Message.

 

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LEGEND ,
May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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I have shown LRC the new file location (external hard drive) and It goes into compolete meltdown and deletes my catalogue. 


I'm going to take a wild guess here. Do you mean: After you reconnect the folders or photos in Lightroom Classic, the photos all seem to disappear.

 

If that's what you mean, this is expected behavior because LrC will not show the photos any more in the folders they were in. LrC will now show the photos in the new folders that they are in. Why? Because you just told LrC to use the photos that are in different (new) folders. The photos are all there, just in different folders.

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New Here ,
May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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Thanks @dj_paige. Does this mean that all of the edits to the photos have been lost?

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LEGEND ,
May 23, 2024 May 23, 2024

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Thanks @dj_paige. Does this mean that all of the edits to the photos have been lost?


By @FRKM AUSTRALIA

 

 

First confirm that my "wild guess" above is correct, that it describes what you saw.

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Engaged ,
May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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@dj_paigewrote

 

"If that's what you mean, this is expected behavior because LrC will not show the photos any more in the folders they were in."

 

This true, particularly if the file path is completley different to the orignal. I wonder if it might be better to locate the top-level folder assuming the folder structure beneath it hasn't changed.

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Engaged ,
May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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@FRKM AUSTRALIA 

 

Forget providing your catalog. Right-click the top level folder that is missing in your folder tree and choose "Find missing folder" Locate the folder on your drive. This will relocate all your folder, its subfolders and photos to the newly located position in your LrC Folders.

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