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Lightroom delete source files after canceled import

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I am almost to upset to even write this. 

 

I was looking over soem old images and wanted to do some edits. First I see that for some reason lightroom thinks that my older imports are no longer in the catalog. I was a bit tired so I just pressed import for the images. I realize I dont have to do that, I can just add the catalog again. So I press cancel to do an add instead. I go to the folder and Lightroom have deleted all images in that catalog!!! How can this be? A full day of images from my trip in Africa, gone! Is this really how this works. In that case no more lightroom. 

 

Update: So I recreated the issue by doing a copy of a folder and then did the same procedure again and indeed it deletes all images. No questions asked just got rid of them. No move to bin nothing like it, just gone.

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Lightroom delete source files after canceled import

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I am almost to upset to even write this. 

 

I was looking over soem old images and wanted to do some edits. First I see that for some reason lightroom thinks that my older imports are no longer in the catalog. I was a bit tired so I just pressed import for the images. I realize I dont have to do that, I can just add the catalog again. So I press cancel to do an add instead. I go to the folder and Lightroom have deleted all images in that catalog!!! How can this be? A full day of images from my trip in Africa, gone! Is this really how this works. In that case no more lightroom. 

 

Update: So I recreated the issue by doing a copy of a folder and then did the same procedure again and indeed it deletes all images. No questions asked just got rid of them. No move to bin nothing like it, just gone.

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No that's not how it works, it doesn't work that way for anyone else; and so I assume there was some user mistake. In Lightroom, please click on All Photographs, turn off all filters and using the Lightroom Filter Bar, search by file name for one of these photos.

 

Also use your operating system's search feature to search by file name to find the location of the photos on your hard disk.

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I have done that. They do not exist in any catalog, I have used Terminal to check hidden files. I have seacherd for the files. They are gone. They did exist before the canceled import, I even looked them through with Finder. They are on a separate server, they are not there. 

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To add is that the three images that was imported are there. Rest is gone.

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I have done that. They do not exist in any catalog, I have used Terminal to check hidden files. I have seacherd for the files. They are gone. They did exist before the canceled import, I even looked them through with Finder. They are on a separate server, they are not there. 

 

Photos do not exist in catalogs. The catalogg is a database, not a repository.

 

Question is, where are your photos on your hard drives and/or NAS (if any)

 

When you imported the photos into your catalog, where did you select the photos to be placed? What folder on your hard drive(s) ?

 

Use your Operating Systems file manager to look for them.

 

 

Just another Adobe customer; My Sys; APP: LRC 10.0, PS 22.0; CMP: WIN WS 16GB OS 10 v1909 (18363), mid 2015 MBPr 15” 16GB MACOS 10.15.7; 4K EXT DSPY; CAM: Canon 5D Mk III, Fuji X-T3

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They were on a NAS and I selected the same folder but import to subfolder. 

 

I realize that the bin was not setup for my Archive folder on my NAS so that was my mistake probably. I have looked for them with finder and through Synology webbased interface. 

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My suspicion is that you are opening the wrong catalog.

 

Use your Operating system file manager to look for other catalogs, look for files ending with .lrcat

 

Just another Adobe customer; My Sys; APP: LRC 10.0, PS 22.0; CMP: WIN WS 16GB OS 10 v1909 (18363), mid 2015 MBPr 15” 16GB MACOS 10.15.7; 4K EXT DSPY; CAM: Canon 5D Mk III, Fuji X-T3

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Several occurrences that can result in a new catalog being created and opened instead of the previous opened catalog being launched.

 

Updated version of Lightroom Classic, that had some odd issue. Very rare, very adnormal

 

Resetting the preference file. Common, if not absolute

 

Corrupt preference file

 

User error in preferences settings, general

 

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I just had this happen to me! I realized I was putting them in the wrong place, canceled the import, and all the files that were already imported changed to .xmp fiels and are gone. 

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