2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 3, 2015 9:27 AM by marcellam9236440

    i moved folders in my catalog but now the collection files are missing

    marcellam9236440

      I recently moved aproxx 10 folders from my harddrive to an external harddrive to create some space on my computer (via pictures->to the external hhd -> then imported them in lightroom again). Now im getting back to work i noticed that the photos have moved over in the catalog, but all the edits and flags etc have dissapeared, so its back to the original files.... and the collections corresponding with the moved catalog files only state the folder names but show the content as 0.

       

      I did not back up my catalogue for ages so I cannot get them back that way.. is there a way I can find the collections somewhere else, or is there something I can do so that lightroom puts the edit data on the photos again? I already tried the missing file troubleshoot + moved the 10 folders back to the hd where they first where and optimised the catalogue but that all didnt work..

      is it really true if you move catalogue folders lightroom deletes your editing data of this folders and the files in them?

        • 1. Re: i moved folders in my catalog but now the collection files are missing
          dj_paige Level 9

          Never import photos a 2nd time. This was the mistake.

           

          Using your operating system, move the photos back to where they were on the first hard drive. This should reconnect the photos in Lightroom. Search for them, make sure you can find the ones with edits and that they do not have an exclamation point or question mark icon.

           

          At this point, you should delete the photos with no edits and flags from Lightroom.

           

          Now, to properly move the photos to a different hard disk, perform these three steps

           

          1. In your operating system, COPY (not MOVE) the photos to the external HD
          2. In Lightroom, go to the Folder Panel in the Library Module and right-click on the folder(s) in question and select Update Folder Location, then point Lightroom to the copied photos new location on the external HD. (more details are here, scroll down to the section entitled Updating Folder Location)
          3. Once you are 100% satisfied that Lightroom now recognizes the files on your external HD (there are no question marks or exclamation point icons on your photos), then using your operating system, you can delete the photos from your original HD.

           

          And please begin making regular backups of your catalog file from now on, no excuses.

           

          is it really true if you move catalogue folders lightroom deletes your editing data of this folders and the files in them?

          No, in fact Lightroom allows this, as I explained. The problem is when you import a photo a 2nd time, Lightroom thinks this is a brand new photo with no edits and no user-supplied metadata like flags and collections and keywords.

          • 2. Re: i moved folders in my catalog but now the collection files are missing
            marcellam9236440 Level 1

            thanks so much! totally worked.

             

            omg you saved me five days of work!!! really appreciate taking the time to write me back

            good karma coming your way!