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Lightroom catalogue screwup on external drive

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Sep 07, 2020

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I have my photograph files (CR2s and JPGs) as well as my Lightroom catalogue on an external USB flash drive.

 

For a reason too longwinded to post here, I needed to change the name of the external USB drive from "Photographs" to "Seagate." As soon as I did this, I realized that Lightroom could not find my photos. Foolishly, I tried to fix the problemm by reverting the external drive back to "Photographs."

Now Lightroom does not seem to know most of my photos exist, Usually if a folder is missing, there is a little question mark beside the folder name. In my case, the folder names are not even listed in Lightroom. It's like they don't exist. If I look at the external drive, I can see that all the photos etc are still there. How can I get Lightroom to recognize them?

Also, for the future, what is a better way to rename an external drive so Lightroom does not get confused?

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Lightroom catalogue screwup on external drive

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Help!

 

I have my photograph files (CR2s and JPGs) as well as my Lightroom catalogue on an external USB flash drive.

 

For a reason too longwinded to post here, I needed to change the name of the external USB drive from "Photographs" to "Seagate." As soon as I did this, I realized that Lightroom could not find my photos. Foolishly, I tried to fix the problemm by reverting the external drive back to "Photographs."

Now Lightroom does not seem to know most of my photos exist, Usually if a folder is missing, there is a little question mark beside the folder name. In my case, the folder names are not even listed in Lightroom. It's like they don't exist. If I look at the external drive, I can see that all the photos etc are still there. How can I get Lightroom to recognize them?

Also, for the future, what is a better way to rename an external drive so Lightroom does not get confused?

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Sep 08, 2020

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"the folder names are not even listed in Lightroom"

Most likely is that you accidently started a new (empty) Catalog.

On the Lr top menu- choose FILE > OPEN RECENT...  and look for other Catalogs, one of which might be your catalog with the 'missing' folders.

Or- use your OS file browser to find all .LRCAT  Catalog files and open each to find the one with data.

Or- Restore a recent Backup Catalog from its zip folder that may have the data.

 

When you find your missing Catalog, then you can relink the folders in Lr (with a ? ) with the folders on the external drive (whatever its name!). Start at the very 'Topmost' folder shown in the folder panel.

MISSING FILES & FOLDERS (Adobe link)

MISSING FILES & FOLDERS (Lightroom Queen)

 

 

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 9.4, Lightroom 3.4, Photoshop 2020 (21.2.1), Nikon DSLR, Windows-10.

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