When you say "downloaded", I assume you mean "imported" (it's better to use correct terminology, whenever possible, to avoid misunderstanding).
Lightroom always "asks" for a destination folder (it presents you with an import dialog box - all options can be thought of as "questions").
So, if you copied the files somewhere (that's right: I said "you", because it's your responsibility to review the options, before clicking 'Import' - Lightroom only does what it's told..).
then they should still be where they were copied to, unless you moved them (outside Lightroom).
If they were added in place (I'm surprised Lightroom allowed it), then you need to put the DVD back in to re-access the files.
Bottom line: you have to know where the missing folder is to point Lightroom to it - if it doesn't exist, you can't point to it.
First I imported about 200 images from a card reader into Lightroom and it
asked me what destination I wanted. In windows explorer I had created a
file so I said to use that file. No problem, all images could then be
exported to the destination file when I was ready (although not yet -
haven't worked on them yet.)
Then I tried to import about 100 images from a different media card (Compact
Flash Card) and Lightroom could not read it. Because I use 2 different
cameras, I love the way Lightroom puts them automatically in order by date
Since I could not import the images directly into Lightroom on my main
computer, I imported them using a different card reader onto my laptop
computer. Then I burned dvds to import into Lightroom on my main computer.
When I imported them into Lightroom, it didn't give me the option for the
destination folder, so I saw a button on the lower right side that said
IMPORT. So I did. It seems that Lightroom made the virtual copy, but did
not put the raw files into a folder on my computer.
I am unable to work on the files or export them because the file(s) cannot
Would you be able to give me step by step instructions?
I have been using Lightroom since Lightroom 2 and I love the software. This
is the first time I have experienced a problem.
The images are from a wedding and I really need to use your software. I
have the Canon Mark III and only Lightroom can read the files. I have a PC
and windows explorer, Photoshop CS5, ACDSee - none of those programs can see
the raw files. Only Lightroom. The other programs can see raw files from
the Canon Mark II. But I am using the newer camera now.
Thank you for helping me out.
I've never had Lightroom ask me where to import files to, other than via import dialog box, i.e. this:
So, until we get on some kind of common ground, I dunno if I can help.
That said, my guess what happened is:
* You imported files, choosing 'Add' (at top of import dialog box).
* The medium (DVD) no longer exists or is not mounted.
Could that be what happened?
If so, then you have to remount the disk to gain access to your photos again.
To be clear: 'Add' means "add photo to catalog - source files to remain on disk where they are". Lightroom does not copy the source files anywhere, and so if the disk/drive disappears, so do the requisite source files. Lightroom still has a "preview" you can see, but you can't edit or export..
PS - I'm just a user like you (it's not my software..).
that is probably what happened, however I used 3 disks, so inserting one
will not help.
I also copied the files that were on the 3 disks into a new folder on my
computer. Then I tried to import them, they showed up but were grayed out,
not letting me import them again.
Do not re-import, they are already imported, that's probably why they were grayed out in import dialog box.
Just relink the photos to their new location using instructions here:
I will print out the instructions and try again in the morning. Thank you
for your help.