For reasons explained below, I want to try to re-import all my images into LR and hope that none/few are in fact considered new and are imported. Yet, for some folders, LR is apparently unable to detect that my source images are already in the catalog, and are on disk, and that the source file meta data matches what LR knows about the images. When I click an image in LR and Show in Finder, I do see the imported image on disk. I can edit the image in the Develop module. So, it seems good, but all is not well. Sorry for the long post here, but I wanted to provide as much info as I could, as I am really seeking your help, which I'd very much appreciate.
Here are some screen shots that illustrate the problem:
- Finder contents of the original images
- LR folder hierarchy
- an image as seen in LR
- Finder content of external LR copy of images
- import showing 10 "new" photos
The original images ... (I'm not sure why the file date is April 2001 but the actual image date is January 2011; I may have just used the wrong date on the folder name?)
The LR folder hierarchy ...
An image as seen in LR ...
The external folder containing the images in the LR library
But on import of the original source folder, LR sees 10 "new" photos ...
I tried "Synchronize Folder ..." on this particular folder, and it simply hangs half-way through as seen in the screen shot below. IS THIS AN LR BUG? This is really odd, since "Synchronize Folder ..." on the top-level folder completes quickly.
I have a spreadsheet of of the EXIF data for the original files and those created by LR. (I extracted this info using the excellent and free pyExifToolGui graphical frontend for the command line tool ExifTool by Phil Harvey.) Almost all of the Exif data is the same, but LR has added some additional info to the files after import, including (of course) keywords. However, I would not have expected the differences I found to enter into the duplicate detection scheme. (I didn't see a way to attach the spreadsheet to this posting as it's not an "image".)
I'm running LR 5.7 on a 27" iMac with Yosemite 10.10.2, having used LR since LR2. I have all my original images (.JPEGs and RAWs of various flavors) on my internal drive on the Mac. To me this is like saving all my memory cards and never re-using them. Fortunately, these files are backed up several ways. I import these images (copying RAWs as DNG) into LR with a renaming scheme that includes the import number, original file creation date and original file name. There should be one LR folder for each original source file folder, with the identical folder name (usually a place and date). I store the LR catalog and imported images on an external drive. Amazingly and unfortunately my external drive failed as did it's twin, same make/size drive that I used as a backup with Carbon Copy Cloner. I used Data Rescue 4 to recover to a new disk what I thought was almost all of the files on the external drive.
So, I thought all would be well, but, when I tried "Synchronize Folder" using the top-level folder of my catalog, the dialog box appeared saying there were over 1000 "New" photos that had not been imported. This made be suspicious that I had failed to recover everything. But actually things are much worse than I thought.. I have these counts of images:
- 80,0061 files in 217 folders for my original source files (some of these may be (temporary?) copies that I actually don't want to import into LR)
- 51,780 files in 187 folders on my external drive containing the LR photo library
- 49,254 images in the top-level folder in the LR catalog (why different from the external file count?)
- 35,332 images found during import of the top-level folder containing original images
- 22,560 images found as "new" by LR during import
- 1,074 "new" images reported by Synchronize Folder ... on the top-level folder in the catalog; different from import count
Clearly things are badly out of sync. I'd like to be sure I have all my images in LR, but none duplicated. Thus, I want to try to import the entire library and have LR tell me which photos are new. I have over 200 folders in LR. I am now proceeding to try importing each folder, one at a time, to try to reconcile the differences and import the truly missing images. This will be painful. And it may not be enough to fully resolve the above discrepancies.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? I'd really appreciate your help!