Lightroom: Almost my entire library is missing!

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2 days ago I did the routine system back up and, in the process, I was also trying to retrieve missing images from 1 folder. The missing images are not important however, this morning I discovered that EVERY folder in my Library has disappeared. Some images were on my C drive and many were on my F drive. The only folder remaining is the folder that had the missing images. Please advice what I can do to fix this? I've been using LR for about 1.5 years now and have never had this problem before. Thanks!
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Tammie Hagood

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Tammie Hagood

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As you can see, there are only 2 folders shown. One is from a shoot I did yesterday and uploaded today. There should be at least 50 folders between the C & F drives. The images are on the hard drive but I don't know why they are not in LR as this is the only editing tool I have used in the last year and a half.
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I would guess you have somehow created a new catalog and the new images are in it, while the old images are in another catalog that you had been using up until importing the newest images.

First, determine where your current catalog is. Go to Edit / Catalog Settings / General tab, and make note of the path and catalog name.

Next, do File / Open Recent and take note of how many catalogs are listed. If there is more than one catalog file listed then click on the one that is below the top one that is currently open. Alternatively press and hold the Alt-key down while opening up LR and see what the list of catalogs are. If you are able to open another catalog then perhaps you will see all your old images and only missing the last couple shoots, which are in the new catalog. Report back if this is the case, keeping in mind that it is the middle of the night in the US.