Do I simply right click on Owner? in the Folders panel (see below), select "Find Missing Folder", then navigate to D:\Users\John?
Be sure that you have at least two back-ups of your catalog and all of your photos. It is easy enough for drives to fail, but the risk increases when making hardware changes.
Yes. Give it a try. Although logically it may be better to right-click on My Courses and navigating to the new location of My Courses, ignoring the previous parent folder. All the sub-folders should then correspond to the earlier path and update automatically.
If it doesn’t work you can always create a new catalog and try again, perhaps right-clicking on Users and choosing “Update Folder Location” or re-connecting folders individually.
Thanks for the confirmation. I'll will do it that way.
Before I had them migrate my data, I backed up the catalog and also backed up the backup to a network drive. So I can always recover my original catalog if anything goes wrong. Thanks again!
"My Courses" is one of many subfolders of "Owner." So why not just do a Find Missing Folder on Owner?
Or are you suggesting that if I fix one subfolder, it will automatically fix all of its siblings as well as its parent?
When I do "Find Missing Folder" on Owner, I see two possible candidates. I don't know which one to choose.
I'm guessing that the first one is a symbolic link (it has no Properties, so I can't tell). If I double click it, I see all the subfolders, including My Courses and Pictures; expanding their paths shows"D:\Users\John\My Courses" and "D:\Users\John\Pictures." I'm guessing this John is the one to use.
The other "John" read-only. If I double click it I see the same subfolders as above.
Which one should I use? What's the difference? I'm afraid that if I use the wrong one, I will no longer be able to do a "Find Missing Folder"
You will need the D drive if that is where the images rest. But why the padlock icon? Why is it read only? You will need read and write privileges if you want to be able to edit your photos.
I did Find Missing Folder at the Pictures level. The result was total confusion until I restarted Lightroom (see below)
After the Find Missing Folder... there was no change under the OS(C) header in the Folders panel (still all those question marks). But when I scrolled down to the header Storage (D) I saw all my folders and they were all sync'd -- no question marks or exclamation points on thumbnails. Curiously, the thumbnails pf photos under OS (C) no longer had exclamation points, and the Folder pointers in Metadata pointed to the D drive! Total confusion!
But after I restarted Lightroom, the problem cleared up. The OS (C) header still shows up in the Folders panel, but all the folders below it, except for the top level C folder,
So I would say that the original suggestion (to use Find Missing Folder) should include the hint to restart Lightroom if the folder is on a different drive. It is a more complicated situation that Lightroom handles clumsily, but that is just my opinion.