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Portable drive issues, cant find previously imported files

New Here ,
Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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Hi, I have a small issue. I import all my photos from a portable drive inte Lightroom. When I used it at home it gave me the letter D:
When I inserted the drive at my office it gave me the letter E:

Now my previously imported photos are stuck in D: and greyed out with a ?mark and if I try to edit them it just say: Cannot find file. I need to somehow move the files to the E: how do I do this?
If I re-import them I will lose all my edits?

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Community Expert , Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

Correct, you would lose edits if you re-imported, so you don't want to do that. The solution is to simply relink LrC to the "missing" folders, using the instructions in this document: https://www.lightroomqueen.com/lightroom-photos-missing-fix/

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Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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I see now that D : gave an emoji instead of the actual letter number. 

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Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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This is the Lightroom Ecosystem forum. You are more likely to get assistance in the Lightroom Classic forum.

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Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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Correct, you would lose edits if you re-imported, so you don't want to do that. The solution is to simply relink LrC to the "missing" folders, using the instructions in this document: https://www.lightroomqueen.com/lightroom-photos-missing-fix/

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Oct 24, 2021 Oct 24, 2021

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Thanks Jim, this was very helpful, marked this as answer!

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Engaged ,
Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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I'd just change the drive letter on the office computer back to D.  Faster & easier than relinking.  If you're going to continue moving the portable drive between home & office, you'll defintely want to set the letter to be the same in both places to avoid the problem going forward. 

Microsoft Docs: Change a drive letter 

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