3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 17, 2016 4:59 PM by brkorb

    Photos missing from lightroom

    brkorb Level 1

      I've done the obvious:  How to find missing photos in Photoshop Lightroom and seen the other questions here, but those answers are not working.


      Yes, the photos are on an external drive.  I have 16TB on a LAN server and not nearly so much on my Mac, so I keep them there.  Or, I would like to.  The problem is that when I fire up Lightroom again, it cannot find the old import.  Clicking on the "!" icon can get me to the finder "select the file" window -- one at a time.  Even after selecting the right file, however, going into the Develop mode still yields the "The file could not be found" message.  Is there some way to ask Lightroom just where in heck it was looking in the first place?

        • 1. Re: Photos missing from lightroom
          brkorb Level 1

          Much more Googling around later, I found the answer:  select the folder in library mode and then "Library->synchronize folder" becomes available.  Voila.  A bit too non-obvious.  Given the complexity of Lightroom as a whole, I'm not sure I have a good suggestion for a LR fix.  Perhaps looking for the issue at startup time and putting up a suggestion window?  A nice, soft cudgel in other words.

          • 2. Re: Photos missing from lightroom
            ManiacJoe Adobe Community Professional

            If you are only getting one image fixed when using the "find missing image" option, you probably have folders that are marked as missing. Check your Folders panel. If you have any marked as missing, you need to fix this before attempting to fix any individual missing images.


            As a general rule, doing a second import or a synchronize is often the wrong answer for almost all problems.

            • 3. Re: Photos missing from lightroom
              brkorb Level 1

              I didn't find any folder markings that looked like "!", so I looked at the thumbnails.  I did not have (to my eyes) an option to say, "go look for all the missing images".  I click a thumbnail and immediately I'm in the finder window looking for a single image file.  If I am going to keep all my images on a network drive, I sure as heck don't want to reconnect each directory -- let alone each image.  So some across remount persistency method is really needed.