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Folders lost after upgrade from Lightroom to Lightroom

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Feb 13, 2019

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I have used Lightroom in my Mac for years and got a Lightroom CC subscription today. I have imported the LR catalog and all files (50,000). But now the orginal folder structure is gone, i.e. not visible. I hope this is not true! How can I get my folder structure back and visible within Lightroom CC?

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Folders lost after upgrade from Lightroom to Lightroom

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I have used Lightroom in my Mac for years and got a Lightroom CC subscription today. I have imported the LR catalog and all files (50,000). But now the orginal folder structure is gone, i.e. not visible. I hope this is not true! How can I get my folder structure back and visible within Lightroom CC?

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Feb 13, 2019

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Refer to the FAQ and preparations for migration:

Migrate photos and videos from Lightroom Classic CC to Lightroom CC

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Feb 13, 2019

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As indicated in the link on that Jon posted, to retain the folder structure, you need to create Collections from them (either drag them into Collections or Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (macOS) and choose Create Collections From Selected Folders)

I think your only option is to clear the migrated photos from the Cloud and re-migrate, but I think you would have to rename the migrated Catalog (as a Catalog can only be migrated once**)

**unless you either delete, move or rename (just as a backup) Lightroom Library.lrlibrary in Pictures folder on Mac and in Username\AppData\Local\Adobe\Lightroom CC on Windows. Although check that any other photos, for instance Mobile Uploads are backed up.

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Feb 16, 2019

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Important to realize that Lightroom CC contrary to Lightroom Classic (i.e. what you were used to) does NOT use a folder structure. All files are stored in the cloud and not in a folder structure. The trick described above creates a album structure that mimics the old folder structure. It does not get you an actual folder structure. If you want a folder structure on your local hard disk, you should not use Lightroom CC but use Lightroom Classic.

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