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Re-link photos in Lightroom CC?

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Jan 31, 2020

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Hi, I'm sorry if this has been answered somewhere else but I've searched and searched and can't find anything.

 

When I try to export photos from Lightroom (the cloud based version, I moved away from Classic desktop) it says it can't find the originals. I expect this is because at some point I (stupidly) moved some of the original files from their hard drive location. I was under the impression that Lightroom had the full files backed up to the cloud, but obviously not.

 

I can't for the life of me work out how to re-link them, and everything I search for brings up re-linking in Loghtroom Classic.

 

I have the original files, I have the edited versions in LR, surely there must be a way to point the software at their location?

 

I have re-downloaded LR Classic but I'm a bit nervous about syncing it with the cloud version, I'll be completely honest I don't understand the warnings about which catalogue version I'm syncing with.

 

Please be kind, I'm sure I've been stupid somehwere down the line but I asked this question somewhere else and just had someone be horrible to me and totally unhelpful.

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I can give more info if necessary. I think a big part of my problem has been not completely understanding the relationship between Classic and CC, and not understanding how CC works properly. I'm not even 100% sure I'm calling each one by the correct name 😞

 

Thank you in advance,

 

S

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Re-link photos in Lightroom CC?

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Hi, I'm sorry if this has been answered somewhere else but I've searched and searched and can't find anything.

 

When I try to export photos from Lightroom (the cloud based version, I moved away from Classic desktop) it says it can't find the originals. I expect this is because at some point I (stupidly) moved some of the original files from their hard drive location. I was under the impression that Lightroom had the full files backed up to the cloud, but obviously not.

 

I can't for the life of me work out how to re-link them, and everything I search for brings up re-linking in Loghtroom Classic.

 

I have the original files, I have the edited versions in LR, surely there must be a way to point the software at their location?

 

I have re-downloaded LR Classic but I'm a bit nervous about syncing it with the cloud version, I'll be completely honest I don't understand the warnings about which catalogue version I'm syncing with.

 

Please be kind, I'm sure I've been stupid somehwere down the line but I asked this question somewhere else and just had someone be horrible to me and totally unhelpful.

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I can give more info if necessary. I think a big part of my problem has been not completely understanding the relationship between Classic and CC, and not understanding how CC works properly. I'm not even 100% sure I'm calling each one by the correct name 😞

 

Thank you in advance,

 

S

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The originals should be in the cloud, but if Lightroom thinks there is a local copy it will look for that. I'm not sure that you cam relink anything, except by placing the original back in its path (which you do not know). One way of solving this should be by rebuilding your Lightroom library from scratch. Move it out of your Pictures folder and start Lightroom. Because Lightroom can't find a library it will start as if this was a brand new install. Because all photos and edits are in the cloud, it should be able to reconstruct the entire library without any problems. It will just take time depending on how large it is and how fast your internet connection is.

-- Johan W. Elzenga, http://www.johanfoto.com

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I don't think it would matter if the locally stored copy of an original went "missing", Lightroom should still simply use the original in the cloud (in fact, if an original is supposed to be stored locally, but has inadvertently been removed/renamed/deleted, I think a new version will be automatically downloaded into the correct location when you attempt to export it). So I'd be more inclined towards the possibility that what's stored in the cloud is actually a smart preview originally synced from Classic.....did the message say that the original was "missing", or did it say that the original is "not available"? To check, in Lightroom (the cloudy version, it's not called CC any more) select the file that you were trying to export and open the Info tab (click on the "i" icon bottom right), then scroll down to view the "Sync Status".....what does it say is stored in the cloud: "Original" or "Smart Preview"?

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