After the hloidays I exported the pictures as a catalog,
Did you use the command File->Export as Catalog?
Then trying to import them
When you say "Import", do you mean you use the command File->Import from Another Catalog. Yes or no? Is that the exact command you used? Because it sounds like you are saying you used File->Import, which is a different command.
So what are the exact names of the commands you are using here?
Sorry for the unprecisions.
Yes it was:
"export as catalog" with include original files ticked
and yes it was:
"Import from another catalog"
That message indicates you do not have WRITE permission to the directory/folder where the photos are supposed to be copied into. Change the permissions to WRITE.
I am not running lightroom as administrator, but I do have WRITE permissions on the folders.
No problem to import from a CF card to the same folders....
Show me a screen capture of the dialog box that appears from File->Import from Another Catalog so I can see the destination folder specified
Also show me a screen capture of the permissions on this folder.
D:\ is the external HDD on which I have exported the catalog
And permissions on A:/pictures/photos
But you seem to have reason on a permission problem because I haven't seen before but:
the exported catalog has 226pictures
210 from 2015
26 from 2016
2015 folder is existing on A:\Pictures\Photos
but not 2016.
But LR is able to import the 2016 pictures....: it is then creating the new folder and sub folders in A:\Pictures\Photos
I had the same error. It was caused by the photos not being available from the source, it had nothing to do with writing to the disk. Go back and load the catalog on your original device. Look at the pictures that were reported as not being able to be written. Do they not show a little box with a "!" inthe upper right corner? Just a guess.
They seem available in the laptop.
Moreover the RAWs are copied in the 2015 folder on the external HDD exporting the catalog.
... I would still dry to open them in the Develop module and see if the original data is there (not only the smart preview). Just to make sure. Also, click on the "Aficher dans..." button and see what LR has to say.
No problem at all.
I have also tried to directly open the catalog on the external HDD, used "Afficher dans..." used develop module and do 1:1 renderings with no issues.
The problem seems to copy the 2015 files in the A:\Pictures\Photos\2015 folder
Then I would try to create a new catalog on your Win10 and import the questionable catalog into that. Also then create a new folder where to import the photos. The use of driveletter A is strange. It used to be reserved for the floppy disk (like B). Try and create a new partition and assign a letter above C to it (This is a bit a dangerous operation and you should only try it if you know your way around in Windows). You could also use your external disk (D) to place these photos there (just for trial). If that works, then you do have a problem with drive A. You could also try and run LR as administrator (rightclick-select) if you have not done this yet.
I have been using LR eversince LR2 with all my files on a A: drive.
If LR was really not allowing that I wouldnot have been able to have 95000 pictures on that drive...
Still, it takes you about one minute to see if the problem goes away by putting the photos on a drive that is not A: or B:
Will try this when at home.
But it is not a minute to definitively change my hdd letter with thousands of files and folders on it.
... it seems that A or B is actualy the best choice for a drive letter asigned to a removable disk as Windows never changes these letter: windows 8.1 - Is it safe to use letters A and B for drives? - Super User
Nevertheless, I would try all options for troubleshooting.
It is a minute to perform a test by changing where the photos are placed during this transfer.
In no way was I suggesting that you "definitively change my hdd letter with thousands of files and folders on it" although I would say it shouldn't take even 5 minutes to do this.
To build on dj_paige's response: LR has long gotten confused importing from drives A and B. At some point, a LR developer must have decided to ignore "floppy drives" and used inappropriate code to determine what was a floppy drive. When LR introduced a new import screen in LR CC 2015.2 / 6.2, the problem was fixed, but then it resurfaced when Adobe reverted to the old import screen in 2015.3 / 6.3. See this topic in the official Adobe feedback forum: Lightroom: Display A & B Drive letters in Import Destination on Windows (NOT FIXED in 6.3))
That topic lists easy workarounds for some of the use cases within LR. Maybe one of the workarounds will work for you. But I agree with dj_paige -- first do the simple test to verify that indeed it is the drive letter causing LR to get confused.
I'm wondering if the accent over the letter e in 2015\décembre\27 is the problem, and would it import properly if the letter e is used instead of é. Probably johnrellis has a lot more knowledge about that.
Then there are also the workarounds in the link John gave.
Try again and only select the December photos. I think that LR would not offer the choice of moving the photos because it can not find them. That is my last idea.
I'm wondering if the accent over the letter e in 2015\décembre\27
That plausible. LR has a number of bugs handling non-ASCII characters, including at least a couple in file paths. It also can get confused by differing case in paths, e.g. "Décembre" and "décembre", even though it's supposed to ignore case.
the accent in "décembre" seems to be source of the problem...
On my desktop (win10), no issues with my "décembre" with accent folder
On my laptop (Os X), no issues neither, the pictures are existing and working in "décembre" folder
So, I have renamed in LR on the laptop the "décembre" folder into "decembre" folder
Then I have exported as catalog, re-imported on my desktop
--> this time no issues working
After that I have moved the folders 28, 29, 30 and 31 from "decembre" to the existing "décembre" folder and it is working.
The pictures that were originaly importing where located in "janvier" folder which does not contain any accent, so no issues...
Thanks a lot for the help!
Good that you narrowed it down. But dj_paige should get the "correct" answer, not me.
Also, please post a bug report in the official Adobe feedback forum: Recently active topics in Photoshop Family about Photoshop Lightroom. Adobe developers do read that forum, and they fix many of the reported bugs (unfortunately not all, or even a majority).