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Merge two catalogs and move files

Explorer ,
Apr 23, 2020

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I have LR CC 9.2.1. I attempted to merge two LR catalogs which were on two different hd's.  After almost a day, it looks like it moved the files and merged the catalogs, but, the meta data did not come along.  I have  no keywords or develop settings for the two cats.  Any idea if I can recover that, and/or what went wrong.  I checked and  loaded each cat from the  hd's and they are still intact there.  

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Merge two catalogs and move files

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I have LR CC 9.2.1. I attempted to merge two LR catalogs which were on two different hd's.  After almost a day, it looks like it moved the files and merged the catalogs, but, the meta data did not come along.  I have  no keywords or develop settings for the two cats.  Any idea if I can recover that, and/or what went wrong.  I checked and  loaded each cat from the  hd's and they are still intact there.  

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LEGEND ,
Apr 23, 2020

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Since you don't say how you did the "merge", but you do say metadata didn't come along, I guess that you did the merge improperly.

 

From your two original catalogs, open one (doesn't matter which) and select File->Import From Another Catalog, and then select the second catalog. That's pretty much the entire "merge" procedure.

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Apr 23, 2020

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I started with the largest and  older catalog,  imported that into a new catalog for the Hd.; LR Master2020. Then opened that cat, LR Master2020,  and imported the latest cat on the 2nd hd.  

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Apr 23, 2020

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Here you'll find a detailed description how to merge catalogs:

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/merging-catalogs-overview/

 

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May 01, 2020

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I have gone through this proceedure a couple times now....painfully slow, takes hours,  images get here, some of the keyowrds, but it has been a failure for me.  I go back to the other 2 HD's, open those catalogs, no issues there.  I most likely will just have to add keywords  as I laborously slog through the catalog...

Update: 5/25/20 - As some time as gone by since I merged the catalogs, as I am going through the merged catalogs I have over 20K images without the keywords. I have started to re-enter this, and it's PITA! As I said at the start, the images on the other two drives have no issue with keywords, any ideas what went wrong. I am not pleased with this result and I would not do it again nor will I suggest anybody else does.  Any help is appreciated.  

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