Lightroom throws the message "file could not be found" when you move, delete, rename the original images outside Lightroom.
If you still have the access to your original images and you know where they are stored on your machine, you need to relocate them within Lightroom.
Refer this article and follow the steps to relocate the missing images : How to find missing photos in Photoshop Lightroom
You can start fresh with a new catalog however, with that you'll loose the edits you have done so far in Lightroom (if any)
Go to File menu within Lightroom and choose New Catalog > choose the location where you want to save it > give it a name > choose relaunch > this will create a new empty catalog for you.
Have not tried your suggestions yet
but wanted to thank you for your
response. I really appreciate your help. I'll try it as soon as I get a
chance. Thank you again.
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No need to Delete All photos as LR does not Store Photos. It only References them from where you put them on your hard drive.
Have spent considerable time on my initial problem and wanted
to let you know that your suggestion is correct. I noted, however,
that Lightroom will only work with photos that are on the hard drive,
as you said, but also only with photos that are imported from
an outside folder that is brought in on a disk. The disk has
to remain on the desk top for the photos to be developed. If the
folder from which the photos originated is taken out the photos
cannot be enhanced in the "develop" section of Lightroom.
What you have to do is import all the photos from
the disk into IPhoto(I use IMac)then import them into Lightroom and then you
can enhance the photos in the "develop" section of "Lightroom" even
if you eject the disk out of the computer.
I do hope this explanation makes sense to you as I've explained it.
I continue to wonder why customers and new owners of Lightroom software
cannot contact any Lightroom staff? There is no customer service unless
one downloads the entire operating manuals-a very poor way of treating paying customers.
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Lightroom references your images by path and file name; they are not "in" Lightroom. If you move or rename the files outside of LR, you need to tell LR where you moved them to.
While the catalog needs to be on a local drive (internal or external), your images can be located anywhere (internal drive, external drive, network drive).
If you want to edit images that are not always available, say on a DVD or an external drive that is not always connected, you can have LR create "smart previews" that can be used when the original images are not available.
I appreciate your suggestion that I can have “LR create ‘smart previews’ that can be used when the original images are not
available” but what are the exact steps to do this? I have not found them. Your assistance is still needed.
The easiest way to create the smart previews is at the time of import, but you are past that in this case.
While you are doing this, the original files must be accessible.
From the Library, select the images you want to build smart previews for.
(If you want to do them all, select none should work too.)
Menu: / library / previews / build smart previews /
The smart previews will be put into a new subfolder where your catalog is located.
Thanks ManiacJoe, I'll try your suggestion. I appreciate your help.
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