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Tue, Nov 25, 2014 4:19 PM

Lightroom: External hard drives not displayed in my Library any longer.

I opened up LR 5 today and none of my external drives are displayed in my library. If I attempt to import, i can see them all listed in the destination frame. how do I get them back into my Library?

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7 y ago

In order to be displayed in Library, you must have a file from the hard drive actively imported into the open Lightroom catalog. Import a file from the drive and it will show up.

Now, if you have files on your hard drive already imported and they are not showing up, that is a different issue.

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7 y ago

Let me take a wild guess. You're on a Mac. If you look in Macintosh HD, there's now a folder showing called Volumes and the external drives are now listed inside there?

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6 y ago

YES! Please tell me it's an easy fix!

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6 y ago

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6 y ago



The strange thing is, this is only happening in LR 5, but everything is fine in LR CC. I just prefer LR 5 and it's the one I've been working in.

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6 y ago

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6 y ago

I did recently add a second EHD as I finished up a session on my full drive, so I wasn't sure if that was the issue, but I don't think it is. I'm losing my mind.

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6 y ago

Perfect. Back up your catalog for sanity's sake.

Right click on the / folder and choose Hide This Parent.

Right click on the Volumes folder and choose Hide This Parent.

Right click on the Seagate folder and choose Hide This Parent.

At some point among these steps, everything will disappear from the Folders panel. Hold your nerve and restart Lightroom and everything should be back to normal. If for some reason it's not, post updated screenshots.

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6 y ago

I'm having a similar problem. Had a total external drive meltdown and am trying to salvage things from my backups. I have two new drives but can't get them to show up in LR. I am on a Mac but don't see a Volumes folder. I see a greyed out version of the missing drive. I'd prefer not to remove that yet as it's showing me the greyed previews that will help me locate the pictures in my backups. The only other drive is the Mac HD with a Users folder under it. So the steps you've mentioned aren't available to me at this point.

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6 y ago

Sounds like you a slightly different problem Bev, but the fix is easier!

Back up your catalog first.

Open up the greyed-out drive, then you'll see the folders with question marks on them.

Right-click on the first folder and choose Find Missing Folder and direct it to the new location of that folder.

Repeat for any other missing folders until the greyed out drive disappears.

If you get stuck, show us a screenshot and we'll help you fix it.

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6 y ago

I finally found the volumes folder. However, the only thing listed in there is the drive that crashed and no longer exists. I don't see any of the new drives that are connected to my computer. I tried linking one of the greyed folders to the similar folder in my new drive and it does make the photos in that folder readable but doesn't change anything else. It doesn't make the new drive appear.

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6 y ago

You weren't MEANT to find the Volumes folder. Seeing the Volumes folder is a bug. So you'll need to go back a couple of steps and follow the instructions I gave to Samantha to get rid of the Volumes, then follow the instructions I gave you. Right-click on the 2011 folder, select Find Missing Folder, navigate to the 2011 folder on the new drive. Repeat for 2012, 2013, 2014...

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6 y ago

Whoops...hadn't finished...so that didn't make sense. My new folders won't be identical to the old ones since I have moved a few things around since I did the backups. So, even the one folder I linked to see how this would work is still showing a '?' because the new one isn't identical. Should I keep going even though I know that will happen?

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6 y ago

You're going to have a much bigger job on your hands then. Do you know what you moved and where you put it? Have a read of this: http://www.lightroomqueen.com/article...

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6 y ago

Sorry, again...we're typing at the same time. I have to find some of those backups (have them in an off-site storage) so this will take awhile. But I'll start on that today. I know the folders won't be identical though so that will be an issue but I'll work on that until I get to that point. But no, I don't know where I moved everything. I did a re-sort of things that was kind of major a few weeks ago and, while all the files still exist, it's basically a huge mess now. And some files will be permanently missing as I now know that edited files were not being captured in my backup workflow for the past two months. I'll read that article and see what I can do.