Trouble Trying to Restore LR from Backup

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Saladsamurai, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Saladsamurai macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2009
    Hello Folks :)

    I am still quite new to LR so I am still on the steep part of the learning curve. Maybe someone can help me out here.

    I recently erased my my hard disk drive and have since re-installed Lightroom 2 (I know...I'm behind the times...). I am currently trying to restore my photos. What I have done so far was to copy the entire "Pictures" folder (OSX 10.6.8) from my backup drive to the newly formatted hard drive in the "exact" same location. So the Lightroom catalogs and the Photos themselves are located in the "exact" same locations as before.

    Notice the quotation marks :eek: It is almost the same location because when I re-installed OSX, I gave the home directory a different name because I was not thinking straight.

    So I am thinking that the catalogs are having trouble associating the previews, "Develop" settings, and additional metadata with the original photos.

    These are the symptoms: When I open LR, I see my preview thumbnails as I did before (i.e. as expected). However, when I go to operate on the photos (i.e. zoom in on one, etc...) I get the message:

    the file named "_.dng" is offline or missing.

    I am guessing that the catalog is pointing to something like:
    where in reality this data is located at
    Any thoughts on this? If I can't fix it, no big deal, but it would of course be much more convenient if I can.

  2. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Congratulations .... and welcome to Lightroom. Keep in mind that this is for Lr4, so I'm hoping it is the same.

    Open Lr in the Library module. Select "All Photographs in side panel" and then display them in a Grid. In the top right corner there is question mark - click that. It will tell you the image is missing, but should then ask if you want to locate the missing image. If memory serves, it will also ask you if you want to find any nearby missing photos.

    Anyway, if this works as well as I hope it will then locate all of your images. Perhaps you may have to go through folder by folder.

    Anyway... I'm hoping that will work for you. Things may be in slightly different positions of course, but hopefully have enough info to get started.

    Good Luck.
  3. Saladsamurai thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2009
    Hi snberk103 :)

    This seems to have taken care things just perfectly! Thanks for taking the time to point that out. I am hoping to upgrade to LR4 soon, since I have decided to not re-install iPhoto. I think LR will serve as a much better photo viewer with some serious additional power to it.

    Thanks again :)
  4. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Excellent! That is really good news. Thanks for posting the update. :)

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