On Windows, usually all that is wrong is the drive letter is different and you can use Disk Management to assign the old one, again.
Otherwise on either a Mac or PC, you can right-click on the high-level folder shown in LR and choose Locate Missing Folder and browse over to the corresponding folder on the new hard-drive and click Ok.
If you have several top-level folders you’ll need to repeat this process for each one.
If the situation is different than this, please elaborate.
Thanks -I'll give it a try right now. I am operating a Mac. I am also a
highly incapable person when it comes to technology and electronics...fyi.
I was unable to figure out where I'm supposed to click. What is the
"high-level" folder. I clicked on everything and tried locate missing
photos, but that didn't get me anywhere.
On Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 3:23 PM, Hollie Szamosfalvi <email@example.com>
thank you! most helpful, though i wonder if my problem is a bit more complex. I have no photos showing in lightroom when I open it, even though my drive when connected to my other computer would automatically populate lightroom. here there is nothing to click on. no missing folders or photos. There are no photos at all in any catalog. so I can't right click on a photo as the tutorial suggests. Any other ideas?
In this case you probably created a new catalog when you did not mean to do so.
In the File menu, take a look at the "recent" catalogs and see if your old one is there. If so, choose that one.
There is only one catalog to choose from - I've done that many times in my
old lightroom. I'm wondering if there is a difference in formatting between
3 and 5? OR just my computers? do I have to reimport everything
individually (a few tutorials I read suggested that the thought makes me
want to pass out)? why won't the new computer and new lightroom recognize
something my old computer and old lightroom did?
Ok, let me say this clear and loud. DO NOT RE-IMPORT your photos.
Using your operating system, transfer the catalog file from the old computer to the new computer and then put it in whatever folder you want on the new computer. Then double-click on it.
So to review (this is extremely important), DO NOT RE-IMPORT your photos. DO NOT.