I'm not understanding how you would need to restore metadata and develop settings, but your collections and keywords are fine.
Could you describe your situation in much more detail?
And also tell us how you know your "collections and keywords are fine"?
Lastly, please state your operating system, and version of Lightroom.
Sure thing...sorry if I wasn't clear.
My lightroom Library and actual photos reside on an external thunderbolt drive.
I rebooted the operating system on my computer...toally fresh, did not archive and install.
After I reinstalled LR on my computer and launched my library I noticed that my collections and keywords were intact.
The following however were reset back to LR default...
•propietary import settings ie applying copyright etc
Any advise on how to restore these from a back up would be greatly appreciated.
Mac OS 10.10.4
LR CC 2015.1
You are talking about your presets. These are stored in text files on one of your hard drives, usually on the system drive, but sometimes elsewhere.
If you have backups of them, you simply need to place them in the original folder where they used to be.
If you don't have backups, then you have to re-create these presets.
I have back ups.
Does anyone know where they are specifically on a Mac?
oh, great, thanks so much!