Last weekend, I formatted my PC HD and installed Windows 7 64 bit (previously installed was Vista). A human error was - perhaps - making sure that my backup of AppData was successful. However, my picture folder was on an EHD, and I suppose I would be saved anyway.
I ran the import function from my EHD to LR3 (latest version), and everything went just find, except that my keywords were missing. Strange thing though, is that my lists of keywords and keyword suggestions were complete, but not connected to the photos (except for 1!!)
So my question is, is there something I have missed (apart from my AppData folder) that could be fixed, or will I have to start re-tagging (keywording that is, metadata like dates etc. were imported as well)?
Thanks in advance,
I've come quite a step further, hoping someone is still following (?) this thread: I've found my backups (lrcat files). These files are on an external harddisk. My original photos are on a network harddisk (WD MyBookWorld). However, when I click File/Open Catalog and try to open the latest lrcat file available, the following appears when the program is trying to relaunch: "Lightroom cannot use the catalog named "Lightroom2Katalog-2" because it is not writable and cannot be opened. This could be caused be incorrect permissions or because another Lightrrom application is using the catalog. You may try to correct the problem or you may select a different catalog.". (Don't be confused by the Lightroom2-thing. It IS LR3..)
So, any idea what I should do?
(If there are no replies to this, I may repost, as the question now is somewhat different from the original title.
Sometimes it seems to happen that the lock-file is not automatically deleted when LR closes. A lock-file prevents that the catalog is changed by any other program while LR is open (with this catalog).
Try the following:
Close LR. In your OS navigate to the location where you found your catalog that you want to open. Do you see any files with the ending <lrcat.lock> ?
Delete this file. It should not be present when LR is not open, but should be present when it is open.
Then just double-click the .lrcat file and LR should open with this catalog.
No, there was no such file. (It wasn't there when LR was open either, I'm pretty sure.) What a pity.
But I can't see why just a few of my photos (stored on the external, network HD) still contain the keyword tags, while 99 % don't. And why the "keyword suggestion list" also contains my previous keywords, even still organized in the way they used to be.
If there was no such file while LR was open then LR was open with a different catalog.
I can't really answer your question regarding you rkeywords but am assuming that Lr doesn't use the catalog you worked with last before you formatted your HD.
You have to find this catalog. If you can't find it you have to re-assign your keywords to your photos.
You can check which catalog LR is currently using. Go >Edit > Catalog Settings >General Tab. You will find the name and location of the currently used catalog there.
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I found the currently used catalog where you suggested. But then, I again tried clicking the lrcat file from my latest backup (before the OS change), and all the files - this time including the keywords, but missing the images - appeared in LR. So they are both there, somewhere. All I need now, is to try to find a way to connect them.
When individual images (a few but not all within a folder) are missing in the Grid View click the question mark on the frame of the images and navigate to the correct location of the image on your hard drive.
If a question mark appears besides a folder in the folders panel right-click this folder and <Update Folder Location>, i.e. navigate to the correct location of the folder on your hard drive.
Do this for the uppermost folder in the hierarchy that show question marks and all the sub-folders will be found by LR too, provided that the folder structure itself and the folder names have not changed.
The question marks not only appear when you moved images / folders outside of LR via your OS but also when you rename folders / images outside of LR.
All these things, moving images / folders, renamaming images / folders are best done within LR. That way LR keeps track of the new location / the new name.
Thanks a lot! I guess this solved the whole problem. The photos are now merged, and everything seems OK. (I remember doing something similar when I first started using LR 1.0, and now I was waiting for Scott Kelby's book on 3.0 to arrive, before getting deeper into this.)
Could my problem have benn (partly) caused by the fact that I did all my editing and tagging on the EHD (nework) and not inside the catalog (C:/) folder? And, by the way; wjere SHOULD I do the editing? I know this is a "read-the-manual"-sort of question, but blaming a cold, I can't concentrate enough to read my way through it or watching YouTube clips explaining all this in a couple of days, I suppose.
Again, thanks a lot. I must say I feel quite relieved now.
I'm not quite sure what you mean by "editing".
If you mean organizing your images and folders and renaming them, the YES you best do this in LR and don't do anything outside of LR. You have to understand that LR is not a file browser. A file browser program "sees" whatever is on the hard drive. You move and/or rename a file in your OS, the file browser program will "see" the changed file name in the new location. LR on the contrary functions as a data base, called the "catalog". Only LR can read and write to and from the catalog, no other program can do that. If you change ("edit") your images in another program there will be a discrepancy between the LR catalog and the new situation on your hard drive. Then you need to fix this discrepancy.
It seems your situation was created exactly by doing "editing" in another program. This is best avoided completely.
LR is capable of doing everything you want to do. Make it your only "editor" to avoid grief and hassle in the future.
What I meant, was: there are two ways to access my photos: one is Catalog/My photograps, the other is (what I have named) External Hard Drive/All photos. Does it matter which one I choose before I start editing (meaning working in the develop pane)?
I expect the written tutorial to arrive within one week now (sent by mail from England to Norway), so I could wait for an answer until then, but I guess I'm just a bit over-excited right now, by having you solved these problems which originally seemed to cause so much grief.
I am very thankful for your support, helpfulness and patience.
It seems you have two different catalogs, one for your images on your C-drive and one for you rimages on your external hard drive.
I don't know if you have a valid reason for this, but let me tell you that it is not necessary. In fact, it is much better to have all images in ONE catalog. I have images on several internal and external hard drives and they are all in one catalog. That makes things easy and simple.
To merge your two catalogs into one import one catalog into the other via >File > Import from catalog. BUT before you do anything to your catalogs, it is a good idea to backup your existing catalog(s).
Also, there is a lot of help for LR on the web. I can recommend the videos that Adobe has put on its website; also see here: http://www.lightroomqueen.com/
Almost there (sorry if I'm nagging and/or a bit slow here), but my external network drive (which is where I'd like to store my photos) is not listed under "Catalog", but under "Folders"? (It also contains 49 fewer items, but that is my least concern.
In the folders panel where your drives and folders are listed the word "Catalog" is not used. Catalog is the database that LR needs to function. You'll find its name and location by going to >Edit > Catalog Settings >General Tab.
One final (I promise) question, which may partly have been answered before: Should I then totally ignore the Folder Network/MyBookWorld/Public/Photos (where my photos are stored), and only acces my photos from Catalog/All Photographs (where the database is stored)?
No, your database (the catalog) is one thing and your photos another. Photos and Catalog do not need to be on the same drive. You can have your photos on an external hjard drive and your catalog on an internal drive.
What I meant was that from your previous post I had the impression that you have two catalogs, one for your photos on your internal drive and one for your phots on youur external drive.
You do not need two catalogs if you have photos on two different drives. Even if you have photos on more than one drive you need only one catalog (one database).
Yes, I can see how that part may have confused you. All in all it means that things should be set up like I thought it should, apart from you sorting out the catalog=database made things quite a bit clearer to me.
Again, you have been very helpful. Believing that one's entire photocollection and/or database are lost, is no nice feeling, believe me.
Words can hardly express my gratitude and relief! Thanks again.
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