I'm using Light Room 1.3. on a Mac. My catalog is in my user/pictures folder, but my photos were kept in a large number of nested folders and subfolders on an external hard drive. The hard drive died. I have backups of all the photos and a fairly recent backup of the LR catalog, but when I open the catalog or the backup, all the paths to the photos have been broken. The folders appear in red in the "Folders" window of LR. I know how to relink the individual folders by using "Locate Missing Folder", but I've got hundreds of folders listed. The top level folders are not listed--there were basically three folders in which all the rest were located (sometimes several folders down).
Is there anyway to re-establish the paths without doing so for each individual folder? And if not, I'd welcome suggestions as to how I might re-arrange my thousands of photos so this can't happen again.
I was just about to upgrade to a new iMac and LR4, but am afraid of the same thing happening when I transfer everything to the new computer.
Any help will be appreciated. Thanks
Skip, it's been so long since I've worked on 1.3 that I can't be positive this will work, but here's what I'd do on 3 or 4.
Right-click (for you I think it's option-click?) on any one of the hundreds of folders you mentioned. Look for an option in the menu that appears that says "Show Parent Folder." This should reveal the parent you're looking for, so you can simply "locate" that folder and LR will search subfolders and nearby files automatically.
You can repeat the process above a couple times, each time adding one parent-level up as needed.
Showing the Parent Folder won't help once they're already missing, sorry. You'll need to find the individual folders now.
There's one other possibility - I assume you're copying your backups back to a new drive, so that you've still got 2 copies of everything? If so, naming the new drive the same as the old one may well work.
Thanks for the suggestion. I think that might have worked. However I had already started the process of individually locating missing folders and changing the new drive's name would have then broken those new links.
What I did do (in case anyone ever has the same situation and reads this) was to choose one low level folder from the missing folder list (in red). Rather than connecting that folder to it's counterpart on the new drive when choosing "Locate Missing Folder", I chose the top level folder in the tree of folders in which that missing folder was located. The entire hierarchy of folders then appeared in the folder list in white (as identified and connected). Then, when locating any other missing folders included in that tree, chosing the folder's name from the new drive automatically placed it into its proper position in the folder list. I assume that if this happens again or I change drives when getting a new computer, I should be able to re-establish all the connections by simply re-connecting the few top-level folders in which all the others are nested.
I assume that if this happens again or I change drives when getting a new computer, I should be able to re-establish all the connections by simply re-connecting the few top-level folders in which all the others are nested.
Yep, you've got it!