My folder structure changed with the purchase of a new PC, so naturally Lightroom lost a lot of images. So I went to the folder selection in the left column, right clicked on some top level folders that were "lost" and relinked them.
Now I've got a catalog with nearly every image have a duplicate "lost" image, and all of my edits over the years are associated with the "lost" image.
Above the "!" lost image has the edits, yet the image to it's right is the same image (file name) but at the new path. What's the best way to handle this? I can't seem to figure out how to tell Lightroom that the image show is the missing image and the edits go there.
How did the not-lost images get there? Imported again?
It would be interesting to see the left side panel showing the folders panel along with the above view.
First, I'd make sure you have a backup of the .lrcat. Then, depending on your answer to ManiacJoe's question above, I'd consider deleting the "not-missing" images from the catalog (but not the disk) and then re-linking the images or folders back to the location where the images truly exist (without importing anything). I would try this first on just one folder to test your results and see if you can fix it.