have a PC Winsdows 8.0. and Litghtroom 5.7. I want to be prepared to a computer crash and have all of my photos backed up on an external drive. When I reimport to determine if I know how to do it correctly, the photos come in with no Keywords. I have checked the Keyword hirarcy button and esported the originals to the esternal. When I reimport there is are no keywords or editing data. I know it is in the catalog but don't know how to hook it up witih the photos. I would have to re keyword and edit all 11,000 or so photos if I had a crash. I am not a computer person and have tries forums etc, and all I get is "be sure the catalog is there along with the photos " It is there but does not connect with the photos. Really frustrated please please help.Thanks
The problem is that re-importing is not the right thing to do. Never re-import!
To restore everything after a crash, you restore a backup of the catalog file to its original location, and you restore the entire group of photos to their original location.