Yes, I tried this on the "Missing photos," as described in the OP. However, while it works fine for the photo selected, other photos in the same folder are not found. Since I am faced with doing this 5500 times to recover all photos, I am looking for a workaround to find all photos within a folder at once.
This is not a catalog corruption. If you have a corrupt catalog, then the catalog won't open at all.
Before you start the suggestion below, make sure you have made a backup (or have a very recent backup) of your catalog file AND a backup of all photos. If you don't make a backup of catalog file and photos before you start (or you don't have a very recent backup), then you are taking a HUGE risk that you don't have to take, and I have no sympathy for you.
The suggestion is to determine the location in your operating system of these photos that are missing in Lightroom. You have to find these photos in your operating system. Let's call this location in your operating system Folder A.
Then determine the folder location that Lightroom thinks the photos are stored in (this can be seen in the metadata panel and other places). Let's call this folder that Lightroom thinks the photos are in Folder B.
Using your operating system, COPY and paste (not MOVE, not cut and paste) the Lightroom MISSING photos from folder A to Folder B. This should allow you to bulk reconnect all photos in Folder B in Lightroom, as long as they are not somewhat randomly scattered in your operating system, and as long as they have not been renamed outside of Lightroom.
This makes a lot of sense. I will certainly try it.
Rest assured that I will have backups of catalog and photos. I routinely have three backups of each, one off site.
As I understand it, I want to copy from Folder A to Folder B, then reconnect since LR expects to see the photos in B.
An issue is that Folder B has 2000 photos in it and I'd rather not mix them up with a similar number of photos from Folder A. So I propose to duplicate Folder B with its photos and rename it, say Folder B-2, then delete all photos from Folder B itself. All of that done using the OS. Finally, I copy the photos from A to B again using the OS. Reconnect the photos in Folder B, then rename it to Folder A (within LR). Finally, rename B-2 to B: reconnect the photos if necessary. Will this work or is it more complicated than necessary...or just wrong?
Thanks so much.
I don't know if that will work or not.
if Lightroom is accessing some photos in the current Folder B, this will not work. This will cause other disconnected photos in Lightroom.
This is very difficult to advise across the Internet because I can't see what your folders contain. In addition, it sounds like you assign photos to folders for different reasons than I do (which is not saying you have done things wrong, just different), and so my assumptions may not be valid.
When you do the copy from A to B using your operating system, there is no re-connect step.
OK, thanks. I'll try your suggestion and report back.
Before taking dj_paige’s suggestion, I tried one more time to reconnect to “Missing photos” and to my great surprise, it worked! Not only did the selected photo reconnect (as before) but also all other photos in the same folder (the “nearby” photos). So dj_paige’s very helpful and hopeful suggestion became moot.
Why the change? Presumably it’s because I was using a different computer (photos and catalog are on an external, portable drive) and inadvertently connected to a folder on the computer’s HD that the catalog recognized. I say this because when I asked LR to go to the folder containing the photos, that’s where it went.
But now the problem is that the “found” photos still show up under “Missing Photos” (as well as in the usual place - call it “Folder A” - under “Folders” in the LR Library page). I would really like for “Missing Photos” to list only those that are actually missing, but if I “delete from catalog” (not from disk) one of these found photos from the “Missing Photos” folder, the photo is also deleted from Folder A. These photos in “Missing Photos” seem to contain all the metadata and edits of the photos in Folder A. I don't want to lose those edits and all.
So my question becomes (a new thread?): How to delete the photos in “Missing Photos” from the catalog without deleting those in Folder A, the ones I want to keep (along with all their edits, ratings, keywords, etc.)?
Can't you just right-click on the "Missing Photos" line under "Catalog", and select Remove this Temporary Collection?
Another easy solution is to simply ignore it.
I don't want to also remove them from the corresponding "Folders." I hadn't realized that these photos would be treated that same as Collections. If so, no problem. So are we sure the Missing Photos will be removed but NOT the ones I want to keep (along with their edits....)?
(Yes, I could ignore it, but I like to check that stat to confirm that all is well in Lightroom-land.)
No, I'm not sure because I have never done it. But if you are looking ata the words "Missing Photos" under the word "Catalog", and you right-click there on "missing Photos" and you gt the message to remove the collection ... what removing collections do is remove the collection and not the photos.
But if you really want to be 1443% safe, make a catalog backup before you do it. If something unexpected happens, then restore the backup.
The Missing Photos were removed without clearing the Folders with the edits.
FWIW, "Remove this temporary collection" can be reversed with the Undo command.