If I am understanding things properly, once you synchronize folders in Lightroom, and delete the missing folders from Lightroom (if that's what you did), then your edits are either:
1) still stored in the xmp if you specifically told Lightroom to write the metadata there; or
2) gone and unrecoverable if you did not specifically tell Lightroom to store the metadata in xmp
Which is it?
I'm also not understanding why you aren't doing backups of BOTH the catalog file and photos, in my mind this is mandatory from day 1.
Only been using Lightroom for about a month, and no backup? How long do you think you should go without a backup? I suggest you backup at least weekly.
dj_paige: yes, deleting the missing folders from lightroom was indeed what i did. i guess storing the metadata changes to xmp option is not selected by default upon install. didnt know that. so it was not selected at the time of the folder restructuring. it is now, but that doesn't help my current problem.
so is there any other workaround, or am i screwed? the moving of folders/files and deleting of missing folders occurred within the first 2 weeks before i was prompted to set up an auto-backup of the catalog.
As far as I can tell, your edits are gone.
The idea of removing photos from Lightroom, whether by synchronizing the folder or just deleting a folder, is one you should abandon immediately. Once you import a photo into Lightroom, it should stay imported into Lightroom. Not only is this less work than deleting it, but it also ensures that your edits will be available in Lightroom.
And don't forget the advice about making regular backups of the catalog file and photos.
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is there any other workaround, or am i screwed?
If you have copies of your files exported with "all metadata" option, then there is another work-around - do tell..