also tried to re import but there is still no files showing up. example file->import->folder 1 .....on the computer folder 1 has 12 clips in it but in the premiere project folder it reads it has 0 clips
If there are clips on the timeline but not in the Project panel you are probably too deep into the bins.
In this example there are clips in the project but I doubleclicked on an empty bin to get this image.
Just click on the button that I have yellow hi-lited and circled in red. If it is still enabled after you click it, click it again. And again, until it is no longer enabled.
Make sure your Search field is empty.
Oh man, I will bet your answer is the correct one. I didn't think of that.