3 Replies Latest reply on May 9, 2018 11:51 PM by WobertC

    Back up not working

    erinjain

      I recently imported a large number of photos into lightroom, so much so that my computer was running a little slow.

      So i backed up my lightroom catalogue onto an external hard-drive and then deleted the files off my computer

      when i opened the catalogue from my hard-drive, it said all my photos were missing.

      Did i just delete all my files off my computer forever??????

        • 1. Re: Back up not working
          WobertC Adobe Community Professional

          Did i just delete all my files off my computer forever??????

          Yes.!!!

          A Lightroom catalog does not contain your photos. And a Catalog backup does not include your photos.

           

          You may have several possibilities-

          -Import them from camera cards again,

          -Copy from a backup of files (Not the Catalog backup!)

          -Restore them from the Trash/Recycle Bin.

          -Run a 'Recover' program to un-delete files ( you may be lucky they have not been over-written)

           

          I suggest you grab a copy of the Lightroom Quick Start Guide from-

          https://www.lightroomqueen.com/blog/

          and improve your understanding of the workings of Lightroom.

          • 2. Re: Back up not working
            erinjain Level 1

            oh bugger
            Theyre gone gone, the files i deleted were too big for my recycling bin.

             

            I understand how to use lightroom, and have been using it for many years. I have just never tried to use a back up, because i have never had a laptop that is limited in storage as this one.
            Thanks for your help.

            • 3. Re: Back up not working
              WobertC Adobe Community Professional

              Before you do any more work of anything on the laptop-

              You do not say what operating system you have, but if you have Windows and access to another computer, download a version of {Recuva} and run it from a usb stick. It may very well recover many of the deleted files in the laptop.

               

              Download Recuva | Recover deleted files, free!