External Drive with raw files corrupt-how to link new downloaded raw files to previous Collection

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My raw files upon import were put on an external hard drive
which unfortunately hasn’t been backed up. Suddenly my external hard drive containing these files went corrupt and using every means possible I was not able to retrieve those files. I do however have most of the raw files I need still on memory cards. I imported the raw files to a new external hard drive in the hope that my edited files in a Collection would be able to “find” the new uploaded raw files so that my edits would be saved and I could continue working on some if necessary but that didn’t happen. I tried to find a way to link my Collection files to the new raw files but I wasn’t able to figure it out. I can see the import folder with the new raw files and the old import file (with a ? on the file) with the same name but it won’t let me transfer it to the old file either. Can anyone please help!

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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Reimporting the files is not the correct way. It means you now have duplicates, where the 'new' files are without any edits or metadata and the 'old' ones are still missing. Your collections aren't going to help you solving that.

You will have to undo this first. Did you think to make a catalog backup before you tried this? If so, start again by replacing your current catalog with this backup. If not, then right-click on the 'new' Young Family 9-16-17 folder in the folder panel and remove it.

The correct way is by right-clicking on the 'missing' Young Family 9-16-17 folder in the Lightroom folder panel, and then choosing 'Find Missing Folder' from the contextual menu. You will get a standard 'open' dialog box. Navigate to the current Young Family 9-16-17 folder and select it. That will 'reconnect' this folder so Lightroom knows where to find it again. If you do this with a parent folder, it will also 'reconnect' all the subfolders.
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Thank you very much Johan! I believe I understand what you are saying but I’m at work and I don’t have access to that computer right now but I’ll try it when I get home this evening. So what I should have done and what I can do with the other missing folders is copy the raw files from the memory card to the new external drive (without going through Lightroom) and then right click on the ? “missing” folder and choose “Find Missing Folder” to link to the raw files I just copied. Is that correct?

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Correct. Recreate the folder structure on the new disk (the Lightroom folder panel shows you how it should look) and copy the images into that structure without going through Lightroom. Then 'reconnect' everything in Lightroom.
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That makes sense. Thank you so very much!!