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Made a big mistake - reorganized with Windows Explorer

Aug 6, 2012 2:25 PM

Tags: #catalog #lightroom_4 #windows_explorer_problem

Even though I knew better, I suffered for a momentary loss of memory and reorganized most of my images in Windows Explorer. 

I have been tracking down lost files for a couple of days now.  Is there any wholesale way of recovering from this screwup?

 
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    Aug 6, 2012 2:39 PM   in reply to jim120smith

    Got a recent backup?  Never mind , that won't work.

     
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    Aug 6, 2012 2:52 PM   in reply to jim120smith

    First, don't make the problem any worse

    • Stop moving files around in Explorer
    • Get using keywords in LR
    • Do not use Synchronize or Import to get yourself out of trouble

    Now,

    • How many missing files are there?
    • Click the question marks on folders before you do the question marks on thumbnails
    • Can you resolve the question marks over a period, as and when you need to use the files?
     
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