You can open up your backup Lightroom Catalog and relocate the missing images in it with the location as your external drive where you backed up your original images.
Refer this article for instructions to relocate : How to find missing photos in Photoshop Lightroom
Hello. Thank you for your reply; one more thing that I forgot all of the folders which contained the RAW files are still there but empty, should I delete these folders and then re-import the RAW files ? I think that the Catalogue has survived the deletion. I might leave this until tomorrow and go to bed.
No, you should not delete the files as you will loose the editing that you have done so far.
If you are able to see the files in Lightroom Catalog, then you should either relocate them with the new location as your external hard drive or you should make a copy of the raw files from backup location (external hard drive) to the original location where they were earlier so that Lightroom Catalog can recognize them.
Hello. The RAW files have now been imported into the same location and in
the bottom right corner of each photo there is a small icon with a + and -
sign, when the mouse pointer hovers over, a dialog "Photo has develop
adjustments" if I click the icon "loading" is displayed but nothing seems
to happen. One further point should I back up the catalogue on exit or not.
I think I will leave the PC on all night so I can see what you say in the
On 7 March 2016 at 23:31, Chetna Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Can you please share a screenshot of the Lightroom Library module?
I don't know if this is related. But a couple of weeks ago I opened Lightroom and every file was missing. I had previews, but when I would right-click on an image to show in File Explorer everything was blank. Even when I opened just File Explorer itself there were no files just the folders. After suffering a near heart attack, I decided to restart my computer. Everything was solved, images were back, business as usual. I don't know if this is related to a flaw in Lightroom or if it had to do with the SSD I had just install.
Thanks for the update.
As per the case notes, seems that the issue was resolved by loading backup catalog.
Hello. My problem has now been solved via the Chat Room option. The origin
of my problem was entirely self inflicted . I was clearing our a lot of
"Lesson Files" and one folder had a lot of files and I did not feel like
going through all of those. So what did I do, Waite fore it, I pressed
Ctrl. A to select all the files on the film strip and selected "Remove". I
thought that only the displayed files in the film strip on the bottom of
the screen would be effected, but no the lot went and it did not take too
long either. Fortunately I did have the picture folder and Catalog backed
up on ext. drive. But I did not know how to re-instate. The Chat room took
over my Pc and it took about an hour to do, but it is all done now, hooray .
Perhaps I am a bit more cautious now.