Well LR thinks they are 2 different drive because the name is different. One is all Caps and the other is all lower case (SHARE to share).
How does the file manager program for your OS see it?
Is this network drive connected directly to your LAN or is it through a router that has a USB port to create a networked drive from any external USB drive that is connected to the USB port of the router.
The file manager sees it as \share, no caps. But when I use the synchronize option from \SHARE it goes ahead and does it. Or at least for most of the folders. As I said there are some missing.
The drive is connected to the router but with a LAN connector not a usb port. The computer is connected to the router in the same way i.e they are both hard wired.
Also if I select show 'show in explorer' for any of the pics in \SHARE it shows it as being in the \share folder on the HD
And if LR thought that they were 2 separate drives shouldn't it let me drag files from one to the other? But it says 'already exists in destination'
Jim Wilde posted an answer to solving the Uppercase/Lowercase problem (1 year ago?) in this thread-
And the procedure to correct- taken from another post (location unknown): Edit: Found it here-Lightroom 4.3 Duplicate folders being created on import
Inside Lightroom there are two directories with the same contents. Note that no new directory is actually created, LR just thinks there is one (you can check with "show in Finder"). So, even though it appears there are duplicate directories and files, in reality they are all correctly located in the original directory. LR is simply confused.
Temporary solution to get rid of capitals and duplicate directories:
- Update capitals folder location to correct lowercase folder (right click on the capitals folder, then choose "update folder location")
- Lightroom will ask if OK to merge the two - say yes.
- Everything now appears to be OK, except that with any new import the capitals folder will reappear.
How to get rid of capitalisation problem for this specific directory/catalog altogether:
In OSX Finder:
- Create a new folder with a different name (at the same level of the directory hierarchy as the old one).
- Move contents of the old folder to the new folder, delete the old folder.
- Start Lightroom.
- LR now cannot find the old folder, so reconnect the photo library to the new folder ("update folder location", as above)
- Rename new folder to original name.
From now on when importing no capitals directory will appear. (That is until LR gets confused again - not able to figure out what causes this to happen).
This sounded really great until I found that there is no 'update folder location" in the sub- menu! The \SHARE and \share are both major sub heads (?) just like the C:\ and do not have that option. When I try it with the \Family folder, which of course does have that option, LR shows it in SHARE\ !!! So, as you said, LR is confused.
I am traveling today and will try the other option tomorrow.
After much experimenting I found the answer which turned out to be quite simple. Selecting the highest level of folder that I had I chose 'Show Parent folder" from the drop down menu. That then made each of the Hard Drive entries show Pictures/Family and Pictures /Friends. Then in one of them I selected Remove from Catalog. The second Hard Drive then disappeared and I have them in one location.