I've just returned from an exciting two weeks shooting wildlife and dunes in Namibia. While there I ran out of disk space on the lap top and so moved photos to an iPod, another storage device and to SDHC cards. Lightroom worked fine in terms of naming and organising the files.
Returning home I consolidated all the files onto an external hard drive connected to the desk top machine, before reading about exporting and importing catalogs.
Now importing to Lightroom 1.4 on the desktop causes Lightroom to crash.
The original folders are not on the desktop either so it's not possible to use the find files function.
Any suggestions as to how to direct Lightroom to find these photos would be appreciated.
Unclear as to where the files reside..... you can presumably find them via Finder or Explorer?
Can you create a new catalog on the desktop and import from there, after moving the images to where you want them?
Thanks for the prompt response, John.
All the files are on an external hard drive connected to the desktop machine. I can access them via My Pictures.
I've tried creating new cataloges in Lightroom and on the desktop but with the same result - each time I try to import a file into Lightroom, it freezes. ??
This may be a case where the .lock file got left behind. It shouldn't exist when LR is quit, and it should be there when LR is running. So see if you can find it and delete it. If that doesn't cure it, or there's no .lock file, I'd delete Preferences, then double click on the .lrcat to launch.
I'd really delete the Prefs file for LR, and then launch by double clicking on the catalog file of the current one, or creating a new one, and "importing from catalog", bring in the images from the other catalog(s)