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Lightroom missing pictures


Daffy1 7 337 Ireland
30 Mar 2013 4:10PM
Lightroom says my pictures missing and won't copy or import from my hard drive or my external hard drive, but all my pictures are there. It says they have a diiferent name or something HELP !!!??? Damian

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cats_123 e2
10 4.0k 25 Northern Ireland
30 Mar 2013 4:26PM
Maybe you've moved their location?

If you point at the ? You can tellLR where they are Smile
30 Mar 2013 9:03PM
What Cats_123 said.
You will have moved the original raws to a different folder. From the Library screen, on the left hand side you will see which folder it thinks they are in. There is probably a "?" symbol there now. Right click and click on where it says locate files. Then just navigate to where you moved them.
mikehit e2
5 6.8k 11 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2013 9:38PM
Have you moved them using Windows (mac?) Explorer? If so LR will lose track of them.

Alternatively windows has a nasty habit of renaming external drives which confuses LR.
Gundog 1 624 Scotland
30 Mar 2013 10:51PM
Sometimes, if you are plugging and unplugging external drives, card readers, etc., the letters (e,g, E:, F:, G:, etc) assigned to your external drives can change. If this happens, Lightroom loses track of your file locations and you need to address the problem as indicated above.
mikehit e2
5 6.8k 11 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2013 11:31PM
I shoudlhave added last time that if you find the problem is that Windows is relabelling an external drive you can rename it manually, but make sure you assign it a letter of J or higher - it is the lower letter drivenames that it plays around with. The higher letters will be maintained iven if you plug it into a different USB port.
Gundog 1 624 Scotland
31 Mar 2013 3:35PM

Quote:I shoudlhave added last time that if you find the problem is that Windows is relabelling an external drive you can rename it manually, but make sure you assign it a letter of J or higher - it is the lower letter drivenames that it plays around with. The higher letters will be maintained iven if you plug it into a different USB port.


That's good to know, Mike. Where do you learn those obscure but valuable pieces of wisdom?
Phil_Restan 9 280 9 Scotland
31 Mar 2013 4:22PM

Quote:I shoudlhave added last time that if you find the problem is that Windows is relabelling an external drive you can rename it manually, but make sure you assign it a letter of J or higher - it is the lower letter drivenames that it plays around with. The higher letters will be maintained iven if you plug it into a different USB port.


Thanks Mike, that's really useful info, I get that problem regularly with my back up drives, they get renamed and my back up program fails. I'll now rename them and see how it goes

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