You can restore default Lightroom settings, See How to set Lightroom preferences
However, You won't be able to get back the lost metadata if the catalog wasn't backed up recently or to the time you'd like to restore it.
Let us know if you need any help.
Thank you Akash.
I did follow - but now:
All the Copyright watermarks have been wiped out, which is not a problem,
can do it again
The problem is - now that the external drive has been synced, whenever I
want to open from the synced external drive - the metadata and labels are
not seen. Also, the Import button is greyed out, so I cannot import the
file into light room and all the photos are greyed, and cannot be selected.
How do I fix this?
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On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 3:39 PM, Akash Sharma <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Importing from the external drive causes Lightroom to think this is a brand new photo that it has never seen and thus it has no user-supplied metadata, edits, etc.
Importing is the WRONG thing to do for photos that have previously been edited in Lightroom.
I have no knowledge of the setting up of Lightroom from scratch. It was installed and set up by a friend. However now, I am finding it difficult to import photos and process them in Lightroom. Importing from ext drives have lost most metadata like labels and history. How can I bring this back to where I was a week ago?
Could you please explain in a lot more detail the EXACT STEPS that you followed here from the day Lightroom was set up until now? How did the photos wind up on the external drive? Where were they before? What happened from day 1 to when this problem started. Emphasis on "lot more detail", emphasis on "detail", leave nothing out.