I use a Lexar USB 3 card reader to import files created by my Canon 5d Mk-II. I click on Import on the lower left corner of LR, point to the drive which displays the files on the card. But when I click on Import LR simply sites there with the progress bar at the top not moving. I waited for quite a while several times and the files did not copy and import. Then I copied the files using Windows explorer to the folder where they are kept and tried to synchronize the folder but that option was not avaliable from the right-click on the folder name context menu. I have to shut down LR and restart before the Synchronize Folder appears again.
Another, and possibly related anomaly is the number of files LR report that could be imported. The number is always wrong. For instance, there may be 25 files sync but it reports something like 172.
Syncing is working but not after a failed import. What is NOT working is the IMPORT from the compact flash card. If I copy the files to my hard disk then start LR, I can sync the folder and get the files added to the catalog. Do you still suggest importing into a new catalog?
Yep, still suggest that. Like I said, I though the sync issue was part of the import failure. Just want to check if there is a flaw in the catalog or if we are looking at an issue with a hardware conflict with your card reader. Another test would be to import files directly from the camera or a different card reader.
A new catalog with nothing in it imported from the Lexar USB 3 compact flash reader. I am traveling abroad and do not have another card reader. However, after the successful import into a blank catalog I imported a few more which hung up as it did in the old catalog. I was able to delete all the imported images ending up with a blank catalog and reimport a couple of sessions in succession. In one of them I observed something but could not replicate: LR imported files that were not marked rather than the few I selected. The ones it seemed to have chosen were short video clips. Since I have not been able to replicate the problem, I am willing to explain that as my error although I was paying particular attention to exclude the video files. I guess that's why this is called "human error"!
If the integrity of the original catalog I was using is compromised what is the solution? This is a rhetorical question since all the files will be transferred to my desktop computer anyway. I tested the sync folder option, which reported 151 new files. I instructed LR to sync thos files and LR went through all the files and ended up with a blank display of files to sync. I optimized the catalog and tried the same, it still shows 151 files to sync, which is obviously not correct.
If the problem is the original catalog, usually all you would have to do is import the "compromised" catalog into the new, working catalog. This would bring over all of your files, edits, keywords, etc but will generally clear up any sort of glitches.