Some more info:
I tried two things:
1) Synchronize... created a folder with the exact name and location that I originally imported from and left it blank (none of the original images in it). Then tried to use synchronize to see if I could remove the listed photos (that have no previews) from the catalog (since the source destination has no images in it). They synchronize window that popped up but the "Remove missing photos from the catalog (0)" is greyed out thus I can't do anything with synchronizing.... thought i'd be able to fool Lightroom to remove any memory of having the imported previously, but for which there are no previews, but can't.
2) Build Previews.... created a folder with the exact name and location that I originally imported from and filled it with the images originally imported. Then since some where in my catalog database It thinks the images are there I thought that perhaps by rebuilding the previews it would create the previews that are missing for the images the catalog's import feature thinks are there (but are the same images a search for in LR Library fails to show any existance of). It allowed me to select the folder in LR, then I selected Library > Previews > Build Standard-Sized Previews...... I returned a result "No standard previews were built. All standard previews were u to date." (Even though no previews are visible.)
IMPORTANT CONCEPT: Synchronizing does not fix this problem (or any problem). Importing again doesn't fix the problem (or any problem). The only thing that will fix the problem is to find the photos in Lightroom, and perform the proper action (depends at this point on exactly what you want to do)
You don't say how you did the search in Lightroom, but here is the method I would use. You must do ALL steps in order.
- Click on All Photographs on the left hand side of the Library Module
- Expand All Stacks (Photo->Stacking->Expand All Stacks)
- Turn off Filters (Library->Enable Filters should not have a check next to it)
- Sort the photos into alphabetical order by file name (use the menu command View->Sort->File Name)
- scroll up or down until you find the photo(s) of interest in alphabetical order by file name
Once you find them, we can tell you what is next.
Thank you... I was doing my search in the "Folders" area, and not the "Catalog > All Photographs" area of the left column of LR. My Folders area has 39039 images, and my All Photographs had 41563 images... the difference is my most recent import of images.
All previous images are in a file path beginning with the file path: Public/Pictures/......
All images from most recent import ended up in file path beginning with: Public-1/Pictures....
I do have the source images in the proper subfolder in the desired file path beginning with Public/Pictures/...
In my situation, whats the correct way to reassign the paths of these images from the incorrect Public-1/Pictures... path to the Public/Pictures/... path?
Also, now when I look at my Navigator window on the upper left column of my LR window there are two drives named "Public". One of these has the 1042 images that are associated with the Public-1 drive which is an errant duplicate Private drive. Since this contains all of my images in question, could I select these first? Then whats the best way to reassign their paths to be within the "Public" drive instead? THEN, how can I delete reference to this second errant Public-1 drive (which only shows up as "Public") in the Navigator?
Right click on the proper Public-1/Pictures subfolder. Select "Update Folder Location". In the dialog box that appears, select the proper subfolder of Public/Pictures. If a dialog box appears that asks if you want to merge folders, select Merge.
I believe he is in the situation where the image has previously been imported into Lightroom, and he can't import it again.
IIRC when that option is unchecked the JPG images actually get imported into the catalog and then are hidden. Not sure as that is one of the first options I check when running a new version of LR for the first time and or since I have it checked in the previous, older, version that setting gets carried over to the new version of LR.
But he says he has found the images of interest, they are in the "wrong" folder but they are not hidden.
Thanks. My Bad for not reading the complete post.
I tried to right mouse click on my Public-1 folder where all previews reside then looked for "Update Folder Location" per input from dj_paige, however there is no selection available to "Update Folder Location"... all that is available are: 1) Find Missing Folder, 2) Remove... 3) Show Parent Folder, and 4) Export this folder as a catalog. This must be because the Public-1 drive does not exist.... it only briefly existed virtually during a glitch when this drive was listed during import. The only place the actual word "Public-1" is visible is in my Navigator window, and even then it's drive is still listed as "Public", not "Public-1" on the navigator drives listing... the only place "Public-1" is visible is when I hover my mouse pointer over the appropriate folder in the metadata panel on the bottom right corner of the LR window.
Wanting to clean up my previews and listing of files in this Public-1 folder I selected "Remove" and got rid of this folder, and thus this drive since it was the only folder on this drive. I'll next assume I don't have any of the images in my catalog anymore from my latest import so I'll be free to re-import the images so they are properly listed in my "Public" drive.
You are seeing a Find Missing Folder command? Is there a question mark icon on the folder? Must be if Public-1 does not exist. Too bad you didn't mention this before.
So use Find Missing Folder ... oh wait, you deleted the folder ... if it ever happens again, use Find Missing Folder.
You will have to re-import, but you have lost your edits and user supplied metadata.
No, there was no question mark on the folder... doubly weird since the drive and folder doesn't exist like you said. Else I would have tried to find it, associate it, then move it to where I wanted to (all of course done from within LR). No biggie to re-import now, and I didn't do any edits or metadata work on these files.