Did you backup your catalog before reinstalling it?
And, uninstalling the program does not affect catalog so, you can go under File menu> Open Catalog and go to the location where you had your catalog stored to open it.
If your pictures are still in the same location and file structure that they were before, all you should have to do is start Lightroom and open your catalog that you used previously. If your pictures are stored in a different location, then it might take some time to get things synchronized.
Unfortunately , I hadn't backed up any LR pictures and computer was taken
back to factory setting without me knowing about it. So I suppose the
pictures are in the hard drive and not in my LR. I opened catalog and
nothing! Do I have to physicaaly transfer each and ever pix into LR. Is
there an easier way to do this.
On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 12:11 PM, Chetna Srivastava <
So the question is, where are the pictures located now? Are they in the same folders they were in before? Are they on the same hard drive they were on before? Your old catalog will try to link to those photos where the catalog knew they were located previously. If the images are there then work can continue basically uninterrupted. But if the images are located in a new location and in a different file structure then you will either have to synchronize everything according to the instructions in that link that I provided. Or you will have to start a new catalog and start from the beginning.
On the other hand, if what you are saying when you indicate that you have backed up the images is that they are now gone and you don't have them anymore. The Lightroom catalog isn't going to do anything for you. The catalog simply references images that you have. The images are not "in" the catalog.
Thank you for the update.
If you do not have your previous Lightroom Catalog or the backup with you, then you will have to re-import all the images back.
You can go to File menu> Import Photos and Videos > choose Source as Pictures and select all the images that you want to import > choose Add at the top > click on Import on bottom right to get them in.
The main thing would be to know that where are the actual images stored on your hard drive and that needs to be chosen as the source.
OK, got it. Thanks Chetna and Jimhess. Got to do it the hard way, wade through all my pics and select!