If this is the first time you are using Lightroom, I would start a new catalog and import everything again, but in small batches, folder by folder.
If that isn't an option, then usually the reason this type of synchronization fails is because the photos are already imported into Lightroom, but Lightroom thinks they are in a different folder than you think they are in.
To find these photos in Lightroom, follow all of these four steps in order:
1. In the Lightroom Library Module, on the left, under Catalog, click on All Photographs
2. Turn off all filters (Ctrl-L once or twice)
3. Turn off all stacking (Photo->Stacking->Expand All Stacks)
4. Search for at least one of these photos by file name using the Lightroom Filter Bar
This is a known issue as of now, I would request you to please import the images manually in Lightroom.
Please check the article : https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/synchronize-folder-failure.html
For all of LR's great editing capabilities, it surprises me how buggy it is. I've had various problems with syncing and importing, and freezing, for at least a year now. Adobe would be wise to devote more care to testing this product.
You are Welcome,
I understand, however with the upcoming update most the issues are supposed to be taken care.
Also, I notice that the syncing of my addition folders taking forever, and that the status meter reads "Copying and importing photos"....not sure what "copying" means. I sure hope LR isn't copying these huge RAW files to a secondary location. I'd run out of disk space immediately in that case.
I just want LR to find the images on the single drive that they are on, and add them to it's database so that I can edit. Not make copies of the images.
Is there a default folder on my machine (using Windows 10) where LR would copy images, so that I can see if copies are indeed being made?
I think so you have selected the option for " Copy" in the import window.
However you need to select the option for " Add" if the images are on an external drive, so that the images can be only added to the Catalog, not copied anywhere else.
One folder (named New Wave) that I imported lists 38 photos. There are 38 images in the Finals subfolder within the New Wave folder. There are over 2000 in the main New Wave folder on my drive. When I try to import LR tells me that the images have already been imported. But they aren't showing up in the left-hand tab in the New Wave folder.
When I right-click the folder and choose Sychronize (with the Show Import Dialogue selected) LR doesn't present any images to import.
What can I do to get those images to appear within that folder, if LR already considers them imported?
Yes, I think that you are correct. Thanks.
In Windows, do you know what folder LR would have copied them to? I'd like to delete all those duplicates, especially if they are filling up my main C drive, which doesn't have that much room.
If they went to the Default location, then it would have gone to the Pictures Folder.
In the Pictures>Lightroom folder, I see Backups folder (which just has a lrcat zip file from several months ago, and its 38KB) and a Lightroom Catalog Preview.lrdata from yesterdaym which as a number of folders (0-9 and A-F) each with varying numbers of LRPREV files, which are small size.
In the main Pictures>Lightroom folder, there is a 1.3Gig Lightroom Catalog folder.
I only wish to delete the copied images but am unsure how to do so/where they are.
Open Lightroom , and then in the Library Module, right click on the Folder and then select the option for " Show in Explorer "
That should take you to the location where the images are saved.