I recently came home after 9 months of hiking round the world. I had taking photos and dumping them into a folder on my external drive. A few weeks ago I imported all photos into Lightroom (keeping the files on the hard disk itself). I also went through my library and picked out ~ 200 best photos out of 10k+ and flagged them in LR.
Now when I go into Lightroom, all the flagged photos are missing. The thumbnails are there but the files on disk are missing. I checked my drive and they're not there. All unflagged photos are intact.
Not sure what happened here but would love to hear if anyone recalls having a similar experience. These are the best photos from my trip so would hate to lose them forever.
Tell us exactly what you did, in detail and step-by-step, between the time you imported the pohtos and flagged them; and the later time period when the flagged photos were missing. Also please tell us exactly how your flagged them.
Specifically answer the following question: did you import the photos at any time after you flagged them?
When you 'dumped them into a folder on my external drive' did you make a backup of those very important photos?
If so - nothing lost!