Hello, everyone. I'm new to this forum but perhaps someone can help me with a problem that is driving me nuts. I apologize in advance for the verbosity!
I purchased LR 3 a couple of months ago when B&H had a close out. I installed it on my Dell Vista machine. At the time, all my photos were on a separate internal drive, the "G" drive. I have about 25,000 images in separate folders by date, subject matter, etc. All of the image folders are in a parent folder called "Images." I was able to import all of these images without difficulty using the "Add" mode so they would stay in the same place. All was well, and I was (more or less) happily on my way to enjoying LR.
About 3 weeks ago, the HD (the C drive) in the Dell machine crashed. Since I'd had more than my fill of Vista, I purchased a new Window 7 HP machine. I loaded LR on the new machine, then took the "G" drive out of the Dell and put it in the HP, where it is now the "F" drive. In Explorer, I can see all the images, so the "F" drive seems to be working fine in the HP. Also, using Canon's free DPP, I can see and access all the images.
But when I attempted to import all the images into LR, it only imported folders with names starting with "J" through "Z." In other words, it completely ignored all the folders starting with A through I. At the end of the import, the image count was only about 9800 images, where it should have been about 25000.
I have tried removing the catalog then re importing, but it did the same thing. I even sent the LR catalog files to the recycle bin, then started over, but that didn't help either.
As it sits now, LR is prompting me to import, but the photo count is still about 9800. One interesting thing: When I click a image folder that starts with, say, M, I see all the images ready to import. But when I click a folder starting with A (through I) I get the message "No photos found to import" even though there are photos in the folder.
I'm mystified and more than a little frustrated as to why LR originally imported all the photos without a problem, but only sees less than half of them. Any real help some one can offer will be greatly, greatly appreciated. I really would like to use LR, but at this rate, it's about to go in the trash.