The first thing to decide is where you want your original files to be: left on the external drive or moved to the internal drive or copied to the internal drive.
Then at the top of the Import dialog, which option did you pick?
In all honesty, Lightroom is not a file browser and does not do well at moving/copying large numbers of files.
If you want LR to reference your images on the internal drive, I would use Finder to copy them from the external drive (copy, not move), then have LR do an "add" import which does not change the location of the files.
Otherwise, you can do an "add" import and let LR reference the files still on the external drive, if you so desire.
Thanks. Indeed I'm using the 'add' option - I want the leave the images where they are on the external drive.
You might want to run a disk repair on this disk using disk utility. Also, it seems silly, but check whether the cable is plugged in completely. If all is right, do a get info on the folder. Make sure your user's account is set to read and write and then from the little gear icon select "Apply to enclosed items".
yep, tried all this - all OK.
Will they import to a fresh catalog that doesn't have any images yet?
Excellent suggestion. I made a new catalog and imported just the one folder. It stalled at the same image as before. I also copied the folder (2GB large) onto the local drive and imported this in the same new catalog (I disable the do not import copies option). Same behavior.
Can you open the file it gets stuck on in Photoshop? Preview? If you do a get info on the image itself do the permissions look alright and is the "locked" checkbox unchecked?
Yes I checked this.
I've opened IM2P9705.JPG in photoshop and saved copies in the the folder as jpg and tif (different names). None of these import. Then I've made a folder and copied the original IM2P9705.JPG and the two copies. ALL THREE IMPORT.
That made me think that may be the files are not the problem. I notices some video in the folder (both .mov and .avi). If I remove ALL of them from the folder, all the images are imported!
So the problem is probably with importing groups that contain some types of video.
- any idea what the problem is?
- any idea about a workaround - i.e. automatically avoiding any video file?
Thanks for the help in chasing this rather vicious issue.
Aha, yeah there is a current bug in Lightroom with certain types of video files. They will block import. I've never experienced it myself but have seen reports. I know Adobe is aware of it but have no clue when they'll fix it.
Can you create a new catalog (as a test) and import the files to that??
If you can you can then Import the test into your main hopefully.... bit of a long way but should only be once...
The import was failing because the folders contained a video file. Vicious since lightroom did not hand up at the video file itself, and seems to process files by bunches of 50 or 100, so may go a long way down the files before hitting a video file.
This solved the problem for me:
(an no I never had the sequencer defunct error).
Thanks for your help!
Good to hear it worked. I found that link googling the issue. It seems to fix the issue for a subset of people.