It may be best to use your last backup. Unzip the folder and double-click on the .lrcat file to launch your named catalog.
Then try to update the folders individually linking to the new location.
I agree with 99jon, a backup catalog could fix the problem.
i think i right-clicked and selected 'update folder location' and selected the new 'photos' folder (which was basically the same folder as 'photography hdd' but with a new name -- i guess this is what mixed up Lightroom).
then all the pictures disappeared. none were showing up.
Your photos did not disappeared. This command does not make the pictures disappear, it means that they no longer appear in the folder that they had been in, instead they appear in the new folder that you specified. So search the folder panel for this NEW folder that you just used in the "Update Folder Location" command. Or if you're not sure what that is, then please follow all four of these steps
- In the Catalog section on the left, click on All Photographs
- turn off all filters (ctrl-L or cmd-L once or twice)
- Expand all stack (Photo->Stacking->Expand All Stacks)
- Search for one of these photos by file name
Once you find one of these photos, you will likely see your edits as well. This is the photo you want. Right-click on the photo and select Go To Folder in Library to uncover the folder it is now in (you might have to scroll up or down in the Folder panel to find the new Folder, which is highlighted)
thanks man! it worked. wow. i was freaking out.
have a great day!
thank you for the response my friend! have a great day.