When you tried to import these other pictures, precisely how did you do so? Did you get any error messages? What were they - what's the exact wording?
I have no error messages, but the import is stuck at 7%. If I cancel this, then an error message says 'No photo or video files were found to import'. But only if I cancel the process.
The image I've attached shows the point where it sticks and what settings I've used.
How do you know they were successfully recovered? Do they ALL display using a photo viewer program?
Yes, I have flicked through them all and checked them. I can open the individual images in Photoshop to edit them. Just not in Lightroom where I usually would.
I have recently had to recover ~1200 images from my memory card due to it corrupting.
What does this mean? Does it mean the memory card is corrupt? And now you're trying to import the 1200 from the same corrupt memory card?
If that's a correct understanding, I'm not surprised that you can't do the import.
Or did I misunderstand something?
The memory card wouldn't read in the camera and gave the 'this memory card isn't formatted' error.
Since then the images have been recovered, but as .tif, not raw. They are now all viewable on Windows, I can edit individually in Photoshop, but can't add them to my normal list of catalogs in Lightroom.
Since then the images have been recovered, but as .tif, not raw.
Please give us the datails about how the images have been recovered, especially how they were recovered as TIF.
Also please state the version of Lightroom you are using, and the version number of your operating system.
I used a program called PhotoRec to recover the images, I haven't reformatted the memory card as yet. As to how they were recovered as .tif I'm not sure, I just followed the instructions I'd found to use the program.
Lightroom CC 2015.3 release. I'm on Windows 10
What happens if you ... as an experiment ... rename one of the files to .nef and then try to import that one photo into Lightroom?
No luck I'm afraid Same result
I still think that the root of the problem is that somehow NEF files are now TIF files. I have never heard of this before, but honestly, I don't know what to do about this.
Can you show us a screen capture of the entire Import dialog box, before you press Import?
When you say you can edit the photos in Photoshop, can you edit them via ACR is Photoshop?
So open them in Photoshop and save them as Tiff files at a different location. Import those files to Lightroom. You can automate this in Photoshop.
Canon Raw files may be recognized as Tiff files, as they use the same data structure. At least that is what some programs tell me, when they can't read CR2 files. They are however NOT successfull in reading the CR2 files, as they know nothing about RAW. It would be worth trying to rename a copy of one or two files to what ever extention there should be.
DJ, where do you get the idea that the files were originally NEF's??
I am sure there is something in the recovery process that has written something funny in the TIFF's.
If they open ok in Photoshop as stated, maybe running them through Image Processor and saving as TIFF or even try PSD will work.
Me too, I was looking into any information of the camera. I know from experience, that CR2 files (Canon) may be represented as Tiff files as early Photoshop versions (PS CS3 or similar) told me, that PS could not open the (CR2) Tiff file.
But sure, my guess is a shoot in the dark.
Please post the camera information (make/model) and the kind of pictures you're shooting (raw, JPEG). It would also be helpfull to get access to one of the "TIFF" files as to analyze the structure.
As stated in my message of this morning, and stated by Geoff, you can automate the conversion process, if they are true TIFF files. But my guess is, they are not. It may also be, that only a small preview is loaded into photoshop, so check quality and resolution of the picture.
For a more deep analyses, I would like to have access to one of the pictures (dropbox or similar).