Not all the work, but everything that is contained in the xmp file will be imported into Lightroom and applied to the photos (assuming you the have RAW original files as well as the xmp files).
Some things that will not appear in the xmp file
- virtual copies
- pick flags
- edit history
Backups should always be stored elsewhere, not on the same disk as the original, and preferably you should have a cloud backup as well.
Thanks DJ. So all I will have to do is re-import the files into LR? Is there anything special I need to do as I re-import?
Regarding the backups. They were backed up but I had someone break into my house and steal everything related to my computer, including the entire RAID system. As fas as the cloud goes, I live most to the time on a small island off the coast of Scotland without internet access.
You don't have to do anything special.
How do you have the photos and xmp files if your RAID and computer was stolen? Where were they?
So I just drag the files into LR and the xmp's , hit import and that should be it. Thanks!
Regarding my image files. Besides the two copies on the RAID that contained everything else on my computer, I made a third copy of just the image files that I store offsite in case of a fire, etc..
From now on, you ought to put a catalog backup on this offsite copy as well as the photos.
I just imported one folder. It didn't bring in any of my image adjustments but it did bring in my star ratings.
You may have xmp files which don't contain your edits. The edits are not automatically written to the xmp files, by default this doesn't happen; it is an option you have to turn on, or command you have to issue. If you look in one of the xmp files using a text editor, do you see words like Exposure or Contrast?
It looks like I don't have that information. Seems crazy that you have to turn on that option and it isn't something that is on by default. Why would anyone not want to keep that information? Looks like I will be reprocessing a bunch of images. At least I have the rating system to help me find all the images I liked before.
Thanks for all your help.
xmp was not designed to be the primary tool to store all of your edit information. It was an optional place to put it. All of your edit information, in fact all of your work, is stored in the catalog, there's nothing optional about it, your informatiotn is ALWAYS stored in the catalog file, you can't even turn that off; but you don't have that anymore.
I haven't worked with XMP files since I started using Lightroom. However, what happens if you go to the Photo->Read metadata from file option?