Lightroom Classic: Batch rename errors

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Batch rename in LR Classic using meta data tool 

( originally posted on LR classic forum 28May , but no responses. L  ) 




I used the batch rename tool in the meta data tool to rename a large selection of photo's in a catalog in a LR classic.  The rename seemed to work well, and the edited setting are still intact but I have a question about the actual image files in the image folder.  I was expecting the raw image files to be "renamed".  Looking at the files in the folder, the images were copied and then renamed.  the originals are in the folder as well as the newly named files.  the times stamps seem to match between the old and new names, so I assume all went well.   the LR catalog doesn't show images with 'unknown location'. so I guess they are pointed to the newly named files.?

BUT i'm a little leary of deleting the 2300 original named files, all _DSCxxxx.     It confusing that the utility did not just 'rename' the image files but copied and renamed them, which was not really discussed in any of the help videos.  ( really excellent one from Ben Wilmore) which showed batch renaming, but didn't really open the folder with the files in it.


note:  these are in a catalog from 2010, which Ihave updated.   In more recent years, I use Adobe Bridge to rename all my RAW files before importing them into LR classic, but I have a few old catalogs that need to be cleaned up to make all my file name uniform.   


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I have a catalog with both RAW + jpeg files in.  i did a test batch rename on  1 pair of photos.  ( the pair of RAW + jpeg) that have the same name.  The RAW + jpeg photos in the image folder seem to have actually renamed correctly,  that is, the same name for both files, except one is .NEF and one .jpg.   HOWEVER, in the LR catalog, the RAW file has been renamed, but the jpeg file created an error 

that the file could not be renamed !!! when in fact, the actual file in the image folder has been renamed.   so now I have a ' ! ' on the jpeg image in the catalog.   I can't rename files one at a time, and then go find the file and make the connection and hope LR will change the name appropriately ( or maybe it just links the two, and leaves the name incorrect !! ) 


Since the 'batch rename' worked with 2 photos,  is there some large batch fail, where it copies and renames, instead of just renaming. 

I  have 2300 images, that i'm not sure if I have duplicated copies?   HOW can I determine they are true duplicates. ?


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 I can use Adobe bridge ( my go to tool for renaming , right out of my camera ) , and 

Make a new catalogue, but then I loose all my edit info .  which isn’t an option.  

thank you

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  • hope someone adobe knows how to fix this

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