How are you opening Lightroom? What is the exact steps? Are you double-clicking on the same icon each time, or are you opening Lightroom by inserting a camera card into a card reader? Or what?
When you talk about "sync folders", what does that really mean? Do the folders have ? icons on them and you have to reconnect them in Lightroom? That shouldn't take hours. Or do you do something else?
Thanks for the reply..
I usually put the card in a reader, then double click the icon. When the folders are missing...they are literally missing (Unseen). In the past i have had the ? appear, but this isn't that. I wish I could attached some screen shots here.
Yes it is the same icon in my dock that I click.
So you are double clicking on the exact same icon each time? Sorry, it's not clear from what you wrote, I want a YES or NO.
What do you mean by "sync folders"?
You can attach screen captures by clicking on the "Insert Image" icon.
Ok, try this and tell me what happens.
Open Lightroom. Then make a note of the name of the catalog that has been opened, it is at the exact top of the Lightroom window, it ends with .LRCAT (might be lower case). Go through the fixing of the absent folders by synchronizing the folders.
Close Lightroom. Open it again, tell me what the catalog name is the 2nd time, and if the folders are not present.