Did you restore the actual image files to your new hard drive? Your images are not IN the Lightroom catalog. The catalog is just a database file that references where the images are stored on your hard drive.
Yes . the images were restored to the computer hard drive. Lightroom does show all the images in the library but not in the collection although it correctly identifies the number of images in the collection. It however does not show the images in the collection and does not show them in the book I have made. It does however show the page and photo text over the picture sites aalthough there is no pictures.
I desperately need help so will elaborate on my problem. My catalog shows all the photos with previous develop edits. But the collection although listed by name and indicating the number of photographs displays only a grey outline of the photographs but all the photo and page text is present on each of the book module grayed out photographs. I have over 600 photographs in this collection and was nearing completion of a book of 240 pages. Unfortunately the photo texts often do not give precise information that makes just moving the photographs once again from the main library of 10,000 photographs nto the collection. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
What do you mean by a Grey Outline of the image.
Please, Please post a screen shot of what you are seeing. A Picture is worth a thousand word.
If the images are still in the catalog and the real images is really on your drive then find the ones that are supposed to be in the book and put them back in that collection.
When the hard drive got replaced something did not get copied over correctly. The only time everything gets restored after a hard drive crash, failure, and replacement is if you do constant backups and or images of your drive. If whoever you took it to copied data off that faulty crashed HDD they missed something or something was corrupted.
Check if you really connected the images back to the originals in Lightroom. You can do this by clicking one of the images in Lightroom and going to Develop. If the image is not connected with its original, it will tell you. If they were not connected select the top folder in Library's sidebar and do a update folder location.
If they are connected, In lIbrary in your collection try double clicking on the image (to zoom in). Does a new preview get created if you wait for a small while? If so, your library previews are not done. The fix for this is to select all images in your collection and doing a preview generation (Library->Previews->Build standard sized previews).
It is likely to be either of these issues from your description.
I have tried the three steps you suggested but had no success. When I tried to build standard sized previews I received this message:"Photos could not be found." Yet tthe photos and all the develp steps are all in the main library and develop area.
All of the thumbnails in your second screen-clip are showing an exclamation mark [ ! ]
That means that Lightroom does not know where your original images are. ("Missing")
The reference locations that LR has in its database, are different to the actual locations of your images.
You will need to re-link LR to your images-
Read the following :
None of those photos have an exclamation mark. They have a flag. The photos are present in the main library but not in the collection, though the book has the text inserted originally. Don't mean to sound snarky. I appreciate your help.
The error message and the little flags you get means that Lightroom does NOT know where the originals are. You need to reconnect your images using the link posted below. This is very common after a hard disk crash and restore.
My face is red. I did not notice these marks. Still why are the photos in the main library and not in the collection. Obviously there is a disconnect but why? Looks like I will have to live with it and track down each photo individually. Thank you very much for your help
Look in the main library for those marks also. If they are there then your images are either not where they originally were, not in the same drive\folder (PATH), as when imported into LR or not there at all.
Just because you see a preview of images in the LR library module doesn't mean the images are still in the same path or still on your computer. Use Win/File Explorer to make sure all your images are on that new hard drive and in the same path as they were before you had the hard drive changed.
The marks are not on images in the main library and all previous develop edits are listed. In addition one can do further developing without any warning signs.. It still is very strange that the main library and the collection library are different.
Now it is getting interesting!
library and the collection library are different.
If you right-click on one of the blank images in the Collection and choose [Go to folder in Library]- What do you see in the Library folder? Does the image still show an exclamation mark?
It is possible if an image file has been imported twice (from different folder locations) that you will see the photo in the Library Grid, but the Collection is looking for a 'duplicate' file that has since been deleted.
If you right-click on both the Collection version and the Library version of one image, then choose [Show in Finder/Explorer] What do you find? Are they the same file?
Another possibility is that the Previews file folder has become corrupt. Have you tried to delete (or re-name) the "YourCatalogName Previews.LRDATA" file? LR would re-build the previews when next opened.
The main library references a different external drive containing a file
with the same name as the one on the collection. There is a grayed out
listing of the files for the collection in the main library indicating that
their site is currently unknown. The immediate problew is that all the
files were in the past kept on the same external drive which I think the
compujter is now recognizing with a different letter G instead of E.. I
will need to search the external drive to find the copy of the file that is
recognized by the collection. Right now I have little time to do so but
hopefully will be able to do this tomorrow. One problem is that there are
many versions of the catalog saved on that external drive over the last
year so it will take some time. I will keep you informed of my progress.
Once I find the drive I presume I can have the grayed out version of the
file recognize it and then there will be congruity between the main library
and the collection. Thanks for your help.
You may be finding the answer-
Yes, an external drive that has changed its letter will cause the missing files.
It is possible to give external drives a fixed letter name, but first read and understand everything in Victoria Bampton's link-
many versions of the catalog
If these are backups- not a problem. But if you have created and used multiple catalogs- not good!.
You should always use only ONE catalog and only one. (unless you have special needs. eg. a Pro)
One catalog can reference images on all connected drives, internal and external. There is rarely a need for more than one catalog.
Searching through your many catalogs will be a waste of time, it is the original camera files that you must find and re-link to your current 'Master' catalog. Your images are not IN the catalogs!
Just when I think a solution is in sight other problems surface.. I think
I found the backup that is needed but it won't open. I notice that it is
compressed as are many others of the recent backups. I never noticed this
before and wonder whether it was imposed during the recovery of data from
the failed hard drive.. I will contact my computer store re this..
The other problem is that my computer will not let me change the name of my
external drive. The option I want (G) is not listed!
I've used Lightroom since version 1 and photoshop since version cs and
never had problems of this magnitude. Any more suggestions would be
I did pickup the latest lightroom backup file from the computer store who
extracted it from my old hard drive. and placed it on a thumb drive.
Hallelujah! When I cliked on it the proper lightroom catalog appeared with
all my files in both the main hard drive, my collection and my book. I
quickly backed up the file to my external drive and after reentering it in
lightroom backed it up to my c: drive. However when I clicked on either
one nothing would happen. I went back to my thumb drive and clicked on the
one I originally used and once again nothing happened. I can access my
files through lightroom but am concerned that I will have trouble in the
future accessing them from the backups.. I note that the backups are all
compressed. What is doing that and is this the problem? Sorry I keep
returning with questions. Once again your help is critical and very
Try opening the catalog file from the Lightroom File menu. Probably because it has the same name as the catalog you already have open it won't actually open the other file.
I tried this from a different catalog but it still would not open.
You have to Un-ZIP it. All the LR 6 catalog backups are placed into a ZIP Folder/File they end with .lrcat.zip.
Use 7Zip if your OS doesn't have a feature for extracting zip files.
Thank you for this last nugget. I think my problems are solved. I greatly
appreciate all the help I've received from the forum. I probably will be
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