Step 1: Restore the photos from your backups. If you don't have backups, then
Step 2: Use this Lightroom plug-in to extract lower-resolution JPGs of your images: Jeffrey Friedl's Blog » Jeffrey’s “Extract Cached Image Previews” Lightroom Plugin
It sounds to me like those images were never imported. Lightroom rarely does that but it definitely pays to double check every time. Oftentimes if that happens it was just a mistake in the import panel settings. If you can't find them on any backup and they have been overwritten on your card already, you might not be able to retrieve them. You will only have previews for these files if they are still referenced in Lightroom. Lightroom deletes previews for files that get deleted from Lightroom. It is not an immediate deletion so sometimes previews can linger but I would not expect them to last for more than a day. You should definitely check though but if they are not referenced in Lightroom, you're probably toast. This is a really gut wrenching thing to happen and I know how it feels.
Lastly, I notice you're at an old version of Lightroom. The latest version of LR 5 is 5.7.1, which is a free update from Adobe. After the dust settles on this, you might want to update.
Hi dj_paige, thanks for pointing me in a direction!!!!! The plugin looks to
have installed properly (at first it gave me an error, but it appeared
under Plug-ins Manager after restarting LR). Unfortunately it thinks I'm
on a less-than-legitmate version of LR 5.5 since it was transferred from
another computer that has since been laid to rest with a heap of
flowers...may she rest in peace.
I've checked the host file and it seems to be correct, but I'll try to get
a version of the newest LR next. In the meantime, do you know of any way
to run the plugin outside of LR or have any workarounds? Trying to fixthe
serialissue without having the original scares the sh** outta me as the
rest of LR seems to function properly.
Can you think of any way LR wouldn't have grabbed all of the files off an
SD card? Trying to figure out exactly where I messed up :\.
Thank you so much for your quick response earlier, I appreciate it!
Unfortunately it thinks I'm on a less-than-legitmate version of LR 5.5 since it was transferred from
another computer that has since been laid to rest with a heap of flowers...may she rest in peace.
What makes you say this? What do you see that indicates this? What is the EXACT complete word-for-word error message?
I take it you do not have backups, in which case I provide my standard advice/lecture. You need to begin IMMEDIATELY making regular and automated backups of your photos and of your catalog file, said backups must be stored on a different physical disk than the originals. No excuses.
Out of curiosity, what program do you recommend for off-site backup of the
The error message says "Plugins are disabled for the Lightroom serial you
are using, repeats message w/ red triangle and button reading 'Instructions
on how to re-validate plugins'"
You need to keep giving us details.
What specific plug-ins? What are the exact names of these plug-ins?
The message does not mean that Lightroom itself has the wrong serial number, it means that the plug-ins do.
LOL reminds me of Johnny 5's "Neeeeeed mooooore input" (if you're a fan of
the 80's film...)
Plugin: Jeffrey’s “Extract Cached Image Previews” Lightroom Plugin
plugin seems to be up to date, being from the developer source, can't run
to check otherwise
I think you'd need to contact Jeffrey Friedl to figure out what is wrong with his plug-in. He's usually pretty good about replying