I opened up LR3 and several folders are missing, they are still on my HDD, but missing in LR. I imported a few again, then went to publish and most of my publishing folder are missing. The folder are still on the HDD, but not in LR. What is going on? How do I get the publishing folders back without re-creating them? and why are all my imported folders not showing? I have not moved, renamed, or changed the folders on the HDD - I literally was working without issues, then the next time I opened LR - poof, there gone.
One possibility is that you accidentally opened the wrong catalog, look under File->Open Recent
If that doesn't fix the issue, restore a recent backup of your catalog
Thanks dj_paige, that was it, it was loading an older catalog. I've always opened the same way, so I am not sure how that happened, but it's back now - thanks again.