I had to move photos and LR4 catalog from one external storage to another. I now have two identical sets of photos in the catalog but one full set is shown as missing. Easy enough to delete these but they have all my hours and hours of work on keywords attached to them. The other set of photos, the one that actually exists on the drive, has no keywords attached. I gotta have those keywords! Is there a way that won't take the rest of my life to get photos and keywords connected again?
After the move, did you import the moved photos?
I believe you have to delete the ones without keywords first, but only delete from the catalog, do not delete from the hard disk. Then, you should be able to reconnect the photos with keywords to the actual photos on your hard disk via:
Thanks for helping!
Your suggestion didn't work, but it did get me tinkering around and led me to a solution that's not necessarily quick but definitely easier than re-entering all the keywords.
I was smart enough to not have deleted the photos from the thumb drive they were first saved on, so I plugged it back in. Then I went to the folders list in LR and deleted the existing, missing-keyword photos, folder by folder. Then I just dragged the images from the original drive to the the new one. Well, I'm still doing it to 1500 photos but it's working and it saves me lots of work. So thank you for helping me think of the problem and its solution in a different way. I appreciate your time.