Lightroom cc Classic was working fine on my old laptop. I purchased a new computer with more power and tried to move Lightroom to my new computer. I am a total computer idiot and find a way to screw things up with the speed of a heat-seeking missile. This is all Windows 10 equipment.
I backed up Lightroom on the old computer and tried to follow instructions on a YouTube post, copying the catalog on to an external SSD. I created a new folder in the Windows 10 file explorer and placed it in the Photos file, and then copied the catalog into that file.
Then I booted Lightroom on the new computer, none of the files can be found by Lightroom. I am guessing that I did not get the entire catalog moved over and have no idea what to do next.
To add insult to injury, when I copied the catalog I somehow made a change on the Lightroom on my old computer. I restored Lightroom and the images are there but the file section in the Navigator pane is gone.
Any ideas what I should do now (Give up photography?)?
Any suggestions will have to be made as though you are talking to an idiot.
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You did not mention- COPYING ALL YOUR PHOTO FOLDERS AND FILES.
Did you ?
The question mark you are seeing is answered in step 6 in the link posted earlier by Just Shoot Me. You just need to re-establish the paths to the files on the new computer, and if there is one top level folder containing them all then it should just take you a quick right-click to show Lightroom Classic where they are now.
If it seems like things have not been set right immediately, wait a little while. I recently moved photos to a new hard drive, and after I relinked as described, it didn't look like it was working at first, but when I came back a while later it was finished and perfect. I think it took a little more time to process because I was having Lightroom Classic relink to over 100,000 photos and videos being tracked in the catalog.