Images associated with a phantom drive

Community Beginner ,
Jul 20, 2022 Jul 20, 2022

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When I have Lightroom show missing files I get thousands in the list. All of them are associated with a drive that does not exist, though the same images are in my real catalog. This happened when my external drive was renamed "Touro 1" after a crash and I deleted that mount point. How can I get Lightroom to forget this drive and these alleged missing files?

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Community Expert , Jul 20, 2022 Jul 20, 2022

If I understand you correctly and the same images are in your catalog as duplicates on the real drive, then you could removed the missing images from the catalog and remove their folders from the catalog too (right-click). After you have removed the last 'phantom folder' this way, the 'phantom drive' will automatically disappear too.

 

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Jul 20, 2022 Jul 20, 2022

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You want to point Lightroom Classic to the drive where the photos now reside. In LrC, select the parent folder on the "phantom" drive and then select Find Missing Folder and then select the folder on the real drive where the photos are. More detailed instructions: https://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm

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Jul 22, 2022 Jul 22, 2022

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That doesn't work because the images are also in my library on the real drive and there can't be two of the same file.

 

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If I understand you correctly and the same images are in your catalog as duplicates on the real drive, then you could removed the missing images from the catalog and remove their folders from the catalog too (right-click). After you have removed the last 'phantom folder' this way, the 'phantom drive' will automatically disappear too.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Jul 22, 2022 Jul 22, 2022

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Thanks! That was the trick. When I removed all those folders the phantom drive has disappeared and show no more missing images.

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Jul 20, 2022 Jul 20, 2022

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The phantom drive does not appear in the LRC panel, but when I check the info for the images in the missing file list it says they are located on that drive, which does not exist.

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Jul 21, 2022 Jul 21, 2022

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The phantom drive does not appear in the LRC panel, but when I check the info for the images in the missing file list it says they are located on that drive, which does not exist.


By @Sandman1951

 

That's odd. If Lightroom thinks that an image is located on a certain drive, then it should show that drive in the folder panel. What happens when you select such an image and choose the 'Photo - Go to folder in Library' menu?

 

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Jul 22, 2022 Jul 22, 2022

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When I choose go to folder in library I get the phantom drive showing up on the navigation panel with everything having a question mark. If I right-click on the drive I do not get a popup menu.

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