Bulk reconnect missing folders Lightroom 6? (v6.10.1)

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Added new HardDrive to my system. Copied via OS (Windows 10) the old MyLightRoom folder to the new Drive. Attached the new drive started Lightroom and selected the MyLightRoom folder in the new drive. It recognizes the files and gives me previews of the photos; however all the folders (I shoot almost daily and have 4 years of files in master folders 2014 through 2017. All folders have the dreaded "?" missing mark. I can individually select and restore them using the Find Missing Folder feature...but with over 900 folders that is going to be a longer process than the 12 hours it took to copy from old to new.  

LR4 had a bulk method of finding the missing folders, however that method is not working for the current version. Is there a method of doing this and if there is could you provide the details/steps for me.

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You can right click at a "master" folder and select "find missing folders"
Works for me LR CC, latest version.
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Thanks Magnus. Sadly this is not an option in the LR 6.10.1 version (non-CC.) I appreciate your reply.
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This is definitely also an option in Lightroom 6.10.1! The only small problem is when you do not have a single top folder. In that case you may have to repeat it a few times for each top folder (the menu is 'Find Missung Folder' - singular, not plural). In your case you'd have to do it for each master year folder separately.
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I appreciate your reply Johan; however, the yearly folders 2014, 2015, 2016, etc also contain daily folders (01-01-2014, 01-02-2014, etc.) Only the missing daily folders have the "Find Missing Folder" option. The 'master' yearly folders do not show this option. I believe what you are telling me is that each daily folder (over 900) is a 'master' folder...

Thanks for your reply!
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If the year folders don't have Find Missing Folder, use Update Folder Location in the same right-click menu instead.
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Correct. I did even include this initially, but I removed it again before I posted my message because you clearly said: "I shoot almost daily and have 4 years of files in master folders 2014 through 2017. All folders have the dreaded "?" missing mark"...
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Thanks Victoria. Let me get the sequence straight. I select one of my year folders ( e.g. 2016 which is NOT marked missing but has many of the daily folders marked as missing). I right click on the 2016 folder and select "Update Folder Location", then navigate to the 2016 folder shown in the Explorer window that is popped up and select the 2016 folder. If this is the correct sequence that you were referring to, it is not doing anything in terms of finding those daily sub-folders.

If I have misunderstood your post, please correct me. Your assistance is appreciated!
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Let me explain the difference, because this will find those missing subfolders too:

'Update Folder Location' and 'Find Missing Folder' do exactly the same thing: they tell Lightroom the new location of a folder (and all its subfolders). The only difference is that 'Update Folder Location' is the name of the menu if Lightroom does still see the folder in its current location, and 'Find Missing Folder' if the folder is no longer in its current location. Apparently you moved all the subfolders to the new disk, so they are missing. But you left the now empty main folders, so Lightroom still knows where they are.

Now this is important. If you moved the subfolders to the new disk and did not put them in the same master folder structure on that disk, do this first. If they are already in the same master folder hierarchy, go right ahead to the next step.

Use 'Update Folder Location to tell Lightroom the new location of the master folders. By doing so, you will also tell it the new location of the subfolders so all will be reconnected.
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Thanks Johan. Seems like this is not the case that I am facing. 

I used the (OS Win10) to copy all the files on the former 1TB drive to the new 2 TB drive.

When using the new drive, it could not find the photos so I pointed to them and they were found on the new drive. So I'm not sure how these main year folders are in a different location as I selected and found them on the new drive.

Your input is appreciated and I know that this probably works fine for you; however, we are all different...
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Show us screenshots Timothy. That'll save a lot of guesswork (as yes, you understood the sequence correctly)
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Ok...fair enough. Follow along:


First shows the drive letter and some of the files....


Next I've scrolled down to show some of the missing folders in 2016


Here I've shown you that the 2016 folder has been selected and the Update Folder Location... has been chosen


The Explorer window is shown and the 2016 folder is selected....


This is the result...which shows that nothing (visible to my eye) has happened.

Thanks for following along. Any idea what I am or am not doing to be facing this issue?
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Old drive also had drive letter G, right?

Ok, 2 more things to check:

1. In Explorer, open the G:/My Lightroom Photos/2016 folder and check that 2016-02-13 and the other missing folders are definitely in there.

2. In LR, float over the 2016-02-13 folder until the tooltip shows up, and screenshot or write down the full path that LR's expecting to find that folder.

It looks like you may have complicated the fix by doing a load of subfolders individually, but I can't say that definitively without seeing the "old" path that LR's expecting.
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1. Yes, the photos are there 


2. Same location shown
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Ok, Lightroom's expecting to find them directly in My Lightroom Photos, and you've put them into a 2016 folder on disc.

Quickest fix will be to move those folders in Explorer into the My Lightroom Photos folder so that Lightroom find them automatically, then drag them into the new 2016 folder within the Folders panel.
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Thanks Victoria. That clears up the issue. Now I have some catalog issues to resolve.

I appreciate your help.