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EXTERNAL DRIVE LETTER CHANGE

Discussion in 'Lightroom 1-6 for Windows & Mac (perpetual)' started by yannisG, Jan 11, 2018 at 5:13 PM.

  1. yannisG

    yannisG New Member

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    I have all my photos on an external drive (I). Recently, my external drive letter changed, and I imported some new photos from the same drive, but with a different letter. When I went to edit some older photos which were on the same drive, but the old letter they could not be found in LR develop module because they had been imported from the same drive, but under a different letter.
    Then I went into windows and changed my external drive letter to the original, and all the old photos appeared in the LR folder except for the recent ones imported with the different drive letter.
    When I go and to import to import the recent photos they have already been imported, but do not show on the LR folder.
    I could go and selected all these recent photos and deleted them from LR, and then re-import them, but I am wondering if there is an easier way to do this.

    Any recommendation is appreciated.
     
  2. Hal P Anderson

    Hal P Anderson Lightroom Guru Staff Member Lightroom Guru

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    Do NOT re-import. Right-click on a top-level folder that shows a '?' and choose Find Missing Folder from the context menu. In the browser window that comes up, navigate to the proper folder on the external drive and hit OK. Done. Repeat for any other top-level missing folders.
     
  3. yannisG

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    Thanks for responding.
    The top level folder does not show a "?". The folders imported from the drive with the changed letter do not show now that I have changed the drive to the original letter.
     
  4. Roelof Moorlag

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    Is changing the driveletter back to it's origial letter the only change you made?

    Could you post a screenshot of the situation?
     
  5. yannisG

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    When I changed the external drive letter to the original one I got all my links back up to the time the drive letter was changed.
    The photos that were installed with the new drive letter did not appear in the drive folder in the library module.
    When I went to import them they appeared in the source folder, but were shown to have been imported. So I couldn't import them.
    So, what I ending doing was deleting them from the catalog, and them re-importing them. Now I have all by photos and all the links back.
    Luckily, there were only about 400 photos. Took me about 2 hrs to resolve the situation.
    In order to avoid this situation would be to assign drive letters from the middle to the end of the alphabet so they don't get "bump" inadvertently when you add external drives.
    I should have been suspicious when LR couldn't locate the catalog within the drive with the changed letter.
     
  6. JohanElzenga

    JohanElzenga Lightroom Guru Staff Member Lightroom Guru

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    The images you imported while the drive letter was changed should have appeared in a different drive (with that different letter) in Lightroom. What you should have done when the drive letter was back to what it previously was is right-clicking on the now 'missing' folder of that different drive, and choose 'Find Missing Folder'. You could then have connected this to the folder on the current drive.
     
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    In almost all cases re-importing is not the best approach because you lose all edits you made to the affected images.
     
  8. yannisG

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    Once the drive letter was changed back to the original letter, the drive with the changed letter did not appear neither did the photos appear in the original letter drive. However, as mention above, when importing the photos they appeared on the original letter drive, but showed to be already imported.
    Luckily I hadn't edited these photos yet so not too much time was lost by removing them from the catalog and re-importing them.
     
  9. JohanElzenga

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    That sounds very unlikely to me. That drive should have appeared because that is where you imported the photos to, as far as Lightroom was concerned. And Lightroom did say the photos were already imported when you tried to reimport them.

    So if Lightroom didn't show the photos on either drive, how were you able to remove them from the catalog in the first place?...
     

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