Since you still have the files and are just missing the edits in the database, check your catalog backups to see if any are recent enough to contain the edits you are now missing. If so, you can "import another catalog" and get back those edits into your master catalog.
Thanks - I do have part of the missing edits backed up, but unfortunately not all. I had a couple of days of edits that I was actively working on, so Lightroom was open for a few days on my desktop (i.e. I did not close out to back up.) Lesson learned, of course... I'm assuming I cannot recover any edits made that have not been backed up...
If the edits did not make it into one of the backup files, for most people they are gone.
If you want to put on your "database administrator" hat and go exploring through the SQLite database (the catalog), you might find something; but even then the edits are probably gone.
One of the habits I picked up back in my gamer days: save early, save often.
I agree re saving - and it's definitely a lesson learned for me. I'm still baffled at why those images disappeared from the catalog to begin with...
As a software engineer with lots of database experience, I can tell you that there are lots of moving parts to be coordinated.
Since LR is a single-user system, the programmers may or may not be using database transactions. (They SHOULD be using them.)
Under the SQLite layer, there may be caching of the database info going on.
Between the database layer and the operating system, there is file caching going on.
At the OS level there are "sleep" modes and "hot" starts.
Bugs can exist at all these levels.
My recommendations to all laptop users are to always close down the running apps and always shutdown the OS; don't use the sleep modes and don't just "close the lid". Yes, I am a little paranoid about my data.
Melisbaz -I had the same problem for a week with chunks of photos missing from my catalog. Every time I opened lightroom I had a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that I had lost these photos! Anyway, I read this thread and used what I learned from here and another thread and found the missing chunks!
I went to file in lightroom, open recent and then chose a catalog. Somehow I have 4-5 of them, I don't know why, but I clicked on all. It says lightroom will have to close and relaunch, I accepted but did not chose to back up lightroom at this point. Then I clicked on each one until I found all my photos safe and sound in one place!
I still do have the Raw files on my hard drive, and could simply reimport. If I were to do that, I imagine all edits I have made would be lost? Is there a way to recover the files with the edits I have already made?
You can search the LR catalog using the Filter bar. Use Windows Explorer or Mac Finder and open the folder that contains one or more of the missing raw files. Write down the names. Open LR and in the Library module click on 'All Photographs' in the Catalog panel.
Next open the Filter bar (\ key), select 'Text' filter, 'Any Searchable Field,' 'Contains All,' and enter the image file name one-at-a-tme as below:
If the file is still in the Catalog it will show in the Grid. Right-click on the tumbnail image and select 'Go to Folder in Library.'
Were you able to see if you had different catalogs from what I described earlier? Mine were always there I just somehow ended up in a catalog that had chunks missing but when I looked at all the catalogs all my photos were there and intact, as in edited version. If you cannot get them do call Adobe, once you get through to them they are really helpful and actually can access your computer for you if you let them.
Of course if you do import from your card again there will be no edits, it will be original form. Good luck and let us know what happens.
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Thanks for that - I had already tried that, but the files were not found in my catalog.
Thanks for the advice - I had already checked all of my catalogs, and the images were not in there. Unfortunately, right in the middle of all of this, my hard drive died. I have the files, but they are unfortunately not in the same file structure, and many of them do not even have metadata attached to them any longer. Don't get me started on the backup company. Looks like I will have to start from scratch!
Oh, that is too bad! I thought I had got all my photos back, but I see them in library but when I go to 'develop' they are 'missing' and I can't find them. I have almost all of the photos on my cards but this will undo all the edits. So frustrating!!! I'll be calling adobe tomorrow to see if I messed up somewhere along the way and maybe they can set me right. Not sure, but it may have something to do with destination folder. I'm just stabbing in the dark at this point.
Calling Adobe isn't going to help. Adobe Support is for licensing, installation and payment issues, not "I don't know what I'm doing and things aren't working" which seems to be more what is occurring.
The symptom you're describing is that the previews exist but the images are no longer where LR originally saw them when you imported them. If the images are on the cards, still, then you could copy them from the cards to the locations on the hard-drive where LR thinks they should be and things should be ok, then.
The mystery is why the images have disappeared or have been moved. LR isn't doing anything to them other than what you're telling it to do, so there must be something you're; doing without realizing it.
For one of the images that you find missing, can you search your entire hard-drive for the filename, using an OS utility like Explorer (PC) or Finder (Mac) and see if it exists somewhere?
Thanks for that! I typed in the IMG number when I told it to locate, and the image is found and it's all good but what is great is it found the location for that whole batch! I wasn't able to find them the way that lightroom suggested. I think it is a location problem that I am causing. Phew! Again Thank you!
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