My old computer was getting a bit old and worn, so I went for another (desktop) PC. LR4 is installed on an SSD card. I used to have my photos (and still have) on an external hard drive, but as I am also about to change that, and I find it convenient to have my photos on my new D: drive, I copied the entire photo collection (sorted in YYYYMMDD if that matters) from the EHD to the pictures folder on the D: drive. I also copied the .lrcat file (and previews and backups) to the Pictures folder.
Now, opening the photos folder on D: and my Lightroom Catalog does not bring up any keywords etc. in the right window, while opening the EHD/Photos and my Lightroom Catalog does. Obviously, I have missed something, but I still haven't found out what.
Hope someone out there can help.
Thanks in advance,
Perhaps this will help
Thanks, but it this procedure (#1) was the one I followed, more or less. Now the pictures are all there (on my D: drive, so are the metadata (Capture time, at least), the keyword suggestions are there, but the keyword box/field in the right pane is empty. As far as I can see, that is all that is missing.
Now, opening the photos folder on D: and my Lightroom Catalog
Exactly what does this mean? What are the exact steps you followed here?
Your symptoms seem to indicate you imported all your photos into LR. Is that what you did?
To be honest, I can't remember. I suppose I was working with this a bit too late last night. At least, what I attempted to do, was (probably) the following:
1) I imported my Photos folder from EHD to D:/Pictures
2) I imported the catalog file(s) from the old computers LR folder to the new one.
then (and this must be where I went wrong):
3) there were no folders showing under Folders/Local Disk (D:) in the left pane. How I made it appear there, I have no idea. Sorry. Should I re-do or undo step three?
I think I am being confused by your terminology.
Item 1: is this import using the Lightroom import function, or a move/copy in your operating system?
Item 2: same question
Item 3: depending on your answers to 1 and 2, I can't give you an answer to this one yet
I used the operating system (copying), not being sure if the import function i LR would keep my folder structure. I apologize for my terminology, which is both due to linguistic as well as technical issues.
Perhaps I should delete the folder I made in D:, and do another import using LR?
So, you say you moved the catalog file (*.LRCAT file) to the new computer. Have you double-clicked on this file?
No need to apologize for your terminology, if it isn't clear, we ask questions (and believe me, there are people who speak English as their native language who are far less clear).
Doubleclicked from within LR/Open Recent, LR/Open Catalog or from within D:Pictures? Also, which folder should be marked (as "Catalog" contains files from both D: and my EHD, which is still connected)?
BTW: Thanks for your note on the language. That's encouraging. Now I only have to work with my terminology.
No, the language problem is frustrating when it comes from people who speak English as their primary (only) language.
Anyway, in your operating system, you double-click on the LRCAT file. I don't think the name of the folder matters at all.
Thanks. Well, double-clicking will open LR and the X:MyBookWorld folder (EHD, that is). I would like it to open with the D: folder, as I am about to stop using the EHD as my main storage and replace it with another EHD, but then only for back-up purposes. So: how do I connect my Catalog with the files on my D disk? Should I do another copy of my photos from X to D, but this time using LR as my copying tool? (Yes, I know I was a bit unclear about what I wanted to go here.)