- Ctrl-Alt-Shift-Delete immediately and without a dialog prompt removes the photos from Lightroom and from your hard disk. If they original RAW photos are not in the trash, then they are not on your computer. The photos are also no longer imported into your catalog. There is no such thing as "Lr Copies of original RAW files"
- You could try a program called an "undelete utility"
- Never tried this, but certainly import would work here, but see my next paragraph
Now, IF I have lost the RAW files (which is my real concern here) I do have recent and complete backups on external Hard drives of all catalogs and all RAW images too that will contain these "lost" images (whether RAW OR just Copies), BUT is there a protocol for somehow identifying which specific files have been deleted and then copying them back "into place" from one of the backups I have? (Keeping mind mind I am unsure which files have been deleted!!) I am wary of just copying over ALL Catalogs & Images from the backup, as this will undo other recent work, so I am looking ideally to just bring in the "lost" items if at all possible?
You need to copy a recent backup of the catalog file to some other location (not in the same folder as the backups), then double-click on it to open it. Your edits and user-supplied metadata are in there. Use the Find Missing Files command to have Lightroom determine which photos are now missing. Then copy the backups of the desired photos to the location in your original folder hierarchy that these photos were in previously. This should cause the photos to be reconnected in Lightroom.
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What do you mean with LR Copies? Virtual Copies?
If those pictures were virtual copies, Windows does not know about them, as they only exist in a database (the LR database) as a set of
developing parameters and a reference to a physical file. And yes, as the trash is a Windows tool, those pictures would be gone!
The snip shows what hapens when you delete the original master photo:
...which makes your shortcut very dangerous.
I did the test on a test catalog. Simply by deleting the master files, the VCs are gone too. As there is no undo for this, you will have a problem.
The catalog backup will bring back your VCs, but I am not aware of a tool comparing 2 catalogs.
If you are using a backup program for backing up your pictures, that program should provide some method comparing what is on the disk and what is in the current backup set.
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It helps others help you if you use the exact terms that Lightroom uses. By "Lr Copies", do you mean what Lightroom calls "virtual copies"?
If there are only 6 images in the recycle bin, and you have not emptied the bin recently, then it's possible the missing 25 are virtual copies - if you use them that much. Synchronise Folders would bring them back into Lightroom, but be careful to watch how many photos it imports. Or just import them the usual way.
Once they are back, do a careful review of these folders to ensure everything has been restored. If you are not 100% sure, open a backup catalogue and compare with how many images you now have. There are no real shortcuts here - when you use Alt Ctrl Shift Delete, you're going off piste.
If you have done a lot of work on these 6, one could recover that work (even the VCs) using a backup catalogue. We can talk you through it, but it may be as quick to just do the editing again.
Thanks All, I think you've covered the options open to me.
Yes to clarify I meant "virtual copies"