I have an iMac with LRoom 4 loaded - and a Canon camera.
I imported some photos into a folder called DCIM, which came up as my source when I put my SD card into my card reader. I unfortunately didn't set up a collection for these photos and logged out of my computer. Later on, I imported some more photos, which may also have been imported under the same DCIM source. When I came to put the original photos into a 'collection' - they came up with the message to say that they were missing or offline - so I followed procedures to locate them on my computer. I followed all official help - and also got an apple regular to help me try locate them.They are definitely not there ANYWHERE on my computer !
I am wondering whether the 'missing photos' that I can view are actually only a preview - and don't exist at all as proper RAW files. Possibly caused by my import of a second lot of photos into another folder named DCIM - which have somehow overwritten my existing ones, thus causing them to go missing ?!
Has anyone had this issue - or does anyone know of a way to restore a proper set of RAW files on my computer/ in LRoom ? Or have I lost any chance of recovery ? As it stands, it looks like I am only able to view my photos ( even though they are missing) but cannot do anything else with them.
I am new to LRoom- hence my naivety as regards this issue. I would be very grateful for any help you could give me.
It may be that the original RAW photos are still on the camera card? Have you looked there? Photos don't have to be a collection to be properly recorded in the Lightroom database and available the next time you open Lightroom. Your comments about collections are irrelevant to the problem you are having.
When you import from the camera card, do you select Copy in the Import dialog box? Or something else?
When you say you "followed procedures", that doesn't really help us understand what you did. So let me ask, did you use your operating system search feature to search all hard disks for these missing photos by file name? Or did you search some other way (if so, please explain in detail what you did)