6 Replies Latest reply on Jul 28, 2017 1:15 PM by dj_paige

    Recovering a deleted photo?

    StanWelks Level 1

      I accidentally deleted some files from my Library by choosing the Delete from Disk option. My Library is on an external drive and after deleting them there was no undo option and nothing shows in my trash on my Mac. I did a quick search and there is some script that might be able to help with this, though I just want to check to see if there is anything built into LR to recover a photo that is deleted after it is done? I do have a backup, though it will be difficult to figure out which files were deleted without restoring the entire catalog and I have made some changes since the last backup.

       

      Thanks.

        • 1. Re: Recovering a deleted photo?
          dj_paige Level 9

          I guess the first step is to identify the photos (by name and/or by folder) that have been accidentally deleted.

           

          Next, you need to restore the photos from your backups to the exact same location they were in before the accidental deletion.

           

          Next, you need to open a backup catalog, select those photos in the backup, and then export AS A CATALOG.

           

          Then you can open your original catalog and import the catalog just created by following the instructions in my previous sentence.

          2 people found this helpful
          • 2. Re: Recovering a deleted photo?
            StanWelks Level 1

            Thanks, but to clarify, there is nothing built into LR to recover or undo a deleted file after it is done?

            • 3. Re: Recovering a deleted photo?
              JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              The file Lightroom opens is the catalog, which is a database. If you delete a record from the database it is gone. If you choose in Lightroom to delete an image file, you have a choice to remove it from the database or to delete it from the disk. If you choose to delete it from the disk Lightroom send it to the trash or to the recycle bin. There is no undo option to reverse that. You can recover the image from the trash if you chose that option. Then you can reimport the image. Lightroom will treat it as a newly imported image and you will have to start over on the editing.

              2 people found this helpful
              • 4. Re: Recovering a deleted photo?
                StanWelks Level 1

                I'm on a Mac and my photos are on an external drive. Interestingly, there is nothing in my trash after deleting the files. I can try to pull the file from my backup, I was just hoping there might be another option.

                 

                Thanks

                • 5. Re: Recovering a deleted photo?
                  JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  In it is been a long time since I worked with images on an external hard drive. I'm using Windows 10 and have two additional internal hard drives. Whenever I delete images from Lightroom on those drives they always appear in the recycle bin. I'll have to try the external hard drive and see what happens.

                  Added later: I tried deleting an image (in Lightroom) from a folder on an external hard drive, and the image still ended up in the recycle bin.

                  1 person found this helpful
                  • 6. Re: Recovering a deleted photo?
                    dj_paige Level 9

                    StanWelks  wrote

                     

                    Thanks, but to clarify, there is nothing built into LR to recover or undo a deleted file after it is done?

                    Correct.

                    1 person found this helpful