Lightroom delete source files after canceled import

New Here ,
Jan 20, 2020

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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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LEGEND ,
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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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Jan 20, 2020

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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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LEGEND ,
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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.

 

 

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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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LEGEND ,
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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

 

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LEGEND ,
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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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New Here ,
Aug 30, 2020

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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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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 30, 2020

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As the others have said, your Photo Files are not stored in Lightroom. So if they are not showing in Lightroom, they are simply not referenced in the catalog.  

The photofiles themselves should still be on your NAS or wherever you store them.

 

The only way to delete them from Lightroom catalog AND where they are, is to select Delete, and then you have to select delete from catalog or delete from disk. Deleting from disk puts the photo files into your computer's trash or trashcan on a Mac. And Lightroom even asks you if you are sure that you wan the photo files completely deleted from the disk. Even then, the photo files are not deleted and lost, until you physically empty the trash!

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What you are saying is not true. They were permanent deleted after a canceled reimport. That is why I say it’s a bug. They have shown lately that Lightroom is well capable to do this. The use case is a corner case and maybe not how you are suppose to do that is why I was canceling the reimport. And there are ways to delete without going to thrash, of course I was looking. I spent a day to find them!

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New Here ,
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My workaround- I was able to succesfully recover my original photos by using a free file recovery software (recuva) from my original memory card.  Though I had deleted them from my memory card, I had not overwritten the files and I was able to recover them.  

My problem- same as the thread.  As I was Copying files into lightroom I hit cancel on the import and lost my originals. No where to be found on my computer. While it might be user error to hit cancel mid import, it is extremely frustrating for Lightroom to delete your originals.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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At 360 Tour5CD2, " My problem- same as the thread.  As I was Copying files into lightroom I hit cancel on the import and lost my originals. No where to be found on my computer. While it might be user error to hit cancel mid import, it is extremely frustrating for Lightroom to delete your originals."

O k so you cancelled the import so guess what no image files were copied to your computer. The files would have remained on your memory card, there is no feature avalilable in Lightroom  Classic to remove files from a memory card.

 

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.2.1, LrC 10.1.1 (>10.0), Lr 4.1, Ps 22.1, Pr 14.8.0; Camera OM-D E-M1.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 21, 2020

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Sounds like something went wrong with the card.

 

If it was in a card reader, internal or external, did you perhaps pull it out without ejecting it?

 

Be aware, if you are depending upon the option in LrC to eject the card after import, you should double check that it is set as such. And not sure if a cancel triggers eject.

 

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