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We might be able to help more if we could see a screenshot of the Folders panel in the Lightroom Library Module.
Also need confirmation that the folder structure on the new system is the samne as it was on the old.
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I fixed this problem about 2 minutes before wiping the computer clean and reimporting all the images. My solution came when I noticed that my prime folder had shown up in the Folders section of the LR Library on the left with a question mark on it. At the time I posted the screen grabs above, it was not there that I remember. I think what happened is that after many hours of work and frustration connecting bottom level folders (and maybe one in the Prime), I finally connected an image that triggered the appearance of the prime folder. Once the Prime showed with the question mark, it was a simple process to right click on it and locate it on my computer desktop and select it. When I did, the computer froze but LR icon shown in the "force quit" menu on the MAC wasn't red (denoting a shut down program for you PCers) so I just let it run. About two minutes later all the questionmarks were gone from LR. One reason the Prime folder hadn't shown up before could have been that I started reconnecting when LR had only one or two bottom level folders showing with no question marks. All of the ones in the screen grab above appeared as I located and selected specific images, none with questionmarks. I still have no answer to why selecting individual images in a folder after prolonged reconnecting stopped reconnecting the other images in the same folder. Maybe a buffer or cache full somewhere (see anothe unanswered forum question)? If all of this worked as I think it did, there might be an easy solution to bulk reconnecting in LR that anyone with disconnect problems can use. Change the name of your prime folder wherever it is located (outside of LR); Shut down LR and restart. Locate the folder in the Folder's section which now should have a questionmark on it, select it, locate it, select the folder in the locate menu and wait. Any opinions or refinements on this anyone wants to suggest? I hope never to have to use it but I'm thankful for the one opportunity after 3 days of frustration and sore mouse wrist.