Once you import images into LR they are there until you either Remove them from the catalog only or Remove them from the catalog and Delete the files from Disk.
So those images are still there. If you never set LR to save edits to XMP files then it stores all edits in the catalog file itself. Could be LR wasn't finished writing the changes to the catalog when you closed it down and then shut off your computer.
You do realize you don't have to shut your computer down while you are eating dinner?
I think saving all edits to the catalog file a foolish thing to do. So I have LR write all my edits to XMP files or in the case of DNG files to those files directly.
Wow really, is that what you consider helping someone! I'm not stupid my
files were done writing, and i do know how to work Lightroom i backup the
files when it asks me? I do not export anything until they are done because
i like to make adjustments as i go along, obviously i still have my images
on an external drive and on the memory card and stored in a file on my pc.
I need help not judgement and i only turn off my pc occasionally that does
not mean that files should disappear!!!!! Please soneone with some I T
knowledge and expert in this help me out!
On Mar 29, 2015 10:16 PM, "Shootistbond007" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Direct answer your question is that you cannot retrieve files and folders "from" Lightroom because they are never "in" Lightroom. Your files and folders are where they have always been, on your hard drive. Lightroom simply points to them. When you back up when Lightroom prompts you, you are not backing up your images. You are simply making a backup of the catalog. And the catalog points to where the images are located, and keeps track of all the adjustments that you have made to the images.
So if the catalogue is gone there is no way to retrieve it? I found my
back ups in bridge , however this session was not in it.
LR normally performs a catalog backup unless you changed it. That backup would be in the "Lightroom" folder in My Pictures, again unless you previously changed it. Go to the Catalog settings > general. This will tell you how often the catalog is backed up. Click the "Show" button to see where the main catalog is. Open that folder and you should see a "Backup" folder. If your LR has been set to periodically backup, you should see the latest backup catalog. This may be what you will need to use if the main catalog is indeed missing. The latest session may not be there, depending on how often your LR was set to backup.
Thank you for those that tried to help, i work on a if it's not broke don't
fix it, there for i do not change settings out create strange destination
folders and i most certainly did not delete my WIP's after an hour online
with Adobe they could not recover my folder, she did change my backup to
ask everyone and promised to try and find the reasoning behind this, she
also informed me that files are "IN" Lightroom once you import them they
are there and stored there until you delete them (or they magically
disappear) Have a great day everyone and I'm back to working on my one in a
million family photographs!
As Jim already stated, the photos are NOT in Lightroom.
If the Adobe employee told you they were they are mistaken and it really worries me that they are so clueless as to the software that they are supporting.
I'm sure Chetna is not an expert, considering her grasp of the English
language leaves something to be desired. But an hour wasted was more time
that I'll never regain! I imported the files again and started over !
I'm glad you didn't lose the files, anyway!