I am trying to update the organization of my files in Lightroom using Lightroom Classic v11.1. I regularly use the Synchronize Folder option to import photos that I have added to the a photo folder, but haven't imported into Lightroom yet.
I just did that and noticed that all my Virtual Copies with edits disappeared when I did that. I was able to recover the Virtual Copies by clicking Undo - and the new image I imported in remained.
But at this point, I'm terrified I just lost years worth of editing before I realized this was occurring, because I just selected synchronize folder for main folder that includes tons of subfolders.
I always considered the "Remove Missing Photos from the Catalog" option as something that would remove the file if the original file wasn't present - not also remove the Virtual copies of any image that still has the original image file present.
Am I missing something here? I don't recall this always happening, because I've been using this function for years and don't recall this happening before. The beauty of Lightroom was it is "non-destructive" but this is error is pretty destructive.
Use a backup of your catalog file that still has the virtual copies.
I haven't tried Synchronize Folders with virtual copies, but Synchronize Folders will remove files from Lightroom Classic that do not exist on your hard disk in that folder. My advice is to not use Synchronize Folders without being 100% sure of the repercussions.
As far as your non-destructive comment ... Lightroom Classic doesn't do destructive things unless YOU the Lightroom Classic user, gives a command that causes destruction. Then you get destruction.