Ive had an issue with LR "losing" folders of images that I have imported from my master photo files on my computer.
"losing" how? Are they shown in the Lightroom Folder panel with a [?] on the folder icon?
Are the thumbnails of photos visible, but showing a [!] on the thumbnail border?
Are they NOT appearing in the Catalog at all?
"imported from my master photo files.." How exactly?
I back-up my LR every time I close it but I am missing all my folders from 2021. Any ideas?
Backup only creates a copy of the Catalog database. It does NOT backup or 'Save' your photo files.
Where did you ask Lightroom to store the files when you did the Import? Or did you [Add] them from their folder location on the hard-drive?
Have you Deleted, Moved, or Renamed folders and files on the Hard-drive using a File Browser?
I found the folder. The Lightroom Folder contains: Backups (folder)- That is backups of Catalogs only! (NOT photos) LightRoom Catalog previews.lrdata (folder)- That is the thumbnail previews cache. Lightroom Catalog.LRCAT - That is the Catalog database file.
None of this tells us (or you) 'where' your camera files are stored.!