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Importing from card, LR Classic

Community Beginner ,
Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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I use Lightroom Classic on Windows 11.  I import to to Pictures/2023 and to a subfolder of the day of import.  Usually works fine.  For this year I created a 2023 folder in LR, and have imported 3 times this year.  Each time LR pulls the photos into 2023 folder, shows the day of import but says it can't find it.  When I use the find the folder dialogue it want's to merge with an existing folder without results.  Windows file manager shows the file structures just fine with the photos where they are supposed to be. What am I doing wrong?

 

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Community Expert , Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

Looking again at your screenshot, it seems that there might be a space in front of the 2023 folder name, which might indeed explain some of the funny goings on. If you haven't yet started doing any work on those 265 images, then yes, removing that " 2023" folder (which will remove the images and those three sub-folders), then starting again with a fresh import should indeed resolve the problems.

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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Can you post a screenshot of the import dialog, showing the Destination panel.

 

Also a screenshot of the 2023 folder as shown in File Explorer.

 

The screenshot you posted shows there are 265 images in that 2023 folder, which I assume are the collective images from those three imports? Do they show an exclamation mark in the top right corner of the grid thumbails (which would indicate that LrC thinks they are missing)?

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LEGEND ,
Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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A possibilty that you have accidentally used ADD to import the photos from a camera card, and when the camera card is no longer available to the computer (you have put it back in the camera), LrC thinks the folder is missing.

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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Wow, thank you both for such quick replies!

Jim, you are correct that is the cumulative total of imported photos for 2023.  I'm attaching a new screenshot of the import dialogue I used. In library view LR shows the contents of 2023 without ? mark.  But its certain there are no photos in the subfolders.  DJ, I import directly from the camera without removing the card from the camera. This is odd has I think I'm following the same pattern I've done for years.  But I've been known to space out before...

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LEGEND ,
Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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The question mark icons on the folders are gone in your most recent screen captures.

 

Nevertheless, it is clear that my possible explanation (above) doesn't apply here.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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Hi DJ    The screen shot is of the import dialogue box.  The dreaded ? shows up in the library panel. Thank you for pondering on this.

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what's happening here. Clearly those sub-folders do exist, because LrC "sees" them in the Import dialog, so I don't know why it flags them as missing in the Folders Panel. Also odd is the fact that the images are placed in the parent 2023 folder instead.

 

The only thing that is a bit unusual is the way you have setup the Destination panel. You have selected the "Into Subfolder" box and entered the name of the subfolder that you want LrC to create and then store the imported images. However, that "Into Subfolder" option will create the sub-folder (if it doesn't aleady exist) under the selected parent folder. But you have "Pictures" selected as the parent folder, which means LrC should have created the specified subfolder in the root of Pictures, and NOT in the root of the 2023 folder. Possibly you've uncovered a bug, but would need to do some testing to verify that.

 

In the meantime you should either make sure you select the 2023 folder for subsequent imports if you are going to continue with your current subfolder naming scheme, OR you could abandon that completely and instead use one of the standard LrC dated-folders schemes, e.g. yyyy/yyyy-mm-dd. That gets almost the same scheme as you are currently using except for the hyphens between the year-month-date. It has the major advantage, however, of being automatic. You select the Pictures parent folder, choose "By Date" in the organize box, and select the preferred Date Format, and leave "Into Subfolder" unchecked. After that LrC takes care of all the various folder/sub-folder creating during import, you'd never have to manually setup the year folder and any sub-folders. You could also encapsulate those settings into an Import Preset, thus avoiding the need to keep checking your settings....just make sure you have the Import Preset selected and LrC takes care of the rest.

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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I misled you when I did the window screen shot.  When I imported 20203 was highlighted.  What I'm wondering is if I made some error setting up the new folder for 2023....It should be at the bottom of the list under 2022 ..right?  If I delete the whole 2023 and more or less existing subfolders in LR, and re - import them maybe that will fix this?  I would follow the system you outlined above.  What do you think?

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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Looking again at your screenshot, it seems that there might be a space in front of the 2023 folder name, which might indeed explain some of the funny goings on. If you haven't yet started doing any work on those 265 images, then yes, removing that " 2023" folder (which will remove the images and those three sub-folders), then starting again with a fresh import should indeed resolve the problems.

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You nailed it.  It was the space in front of 2023 that threw everything off.  Thanks so much to you and everyone who replied.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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In your last screen capture, in the destination, I cam curious about the "New Volume" text. Does drive D and drive E have that as part of the drive description?

 

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Those D and E Drives:

 

  1. If external are they allowed to go asleep, to go into power savings?
  2. Do they have drive letters permanently assigned?
  3. Is drive E trying to die?

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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Hi Golding.  Both those drives are internal and yes that is part of their designations.  When I set up the computer a few years ago I was a bit timid in Windows disk manager and just went with those designations.  I may get crazy someday and give them a more useful name.  But E drive seems to run fine, no error messages.  

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LEGEND ,
Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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In your first screen capture, those ? marks, odd:

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I was wondering if that indicated missing folders. Not a thing on the web about ? mark in import destination. So I ran a simple test on my test catalog. In LrC, I created a folder, no pics, just the folder. As such LrC knew about it. Looked in the import screen, and yes, it shows up. Closed LrC, renamed that folder, restarted LrC,  went back to import screen. Hmm and no ? mark, and folder appearing as renamed. So lrC did not depend upon the catalog to know about the folder, just relied on the OS File Management??

 

So not a missing folder ??

 

Sounds more like an OS problem, perhaps hard drive problem.

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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Oh, your last reply, for some reason had me relook at that apparent Windows File Explorer look of the folder structure in question:

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Should not, 2023 come well after 2002, (normally)?

 

/followup/ I think Jim Wilde is point on, in folder name, space before 2023

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