Lightroom: Hard Drive removed when converting to DNG, followed by Error 16 and images lost (plus other odd changes)

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MacBook Pro - Sierra Version 10.12.4

Last night, I was downloading/moving from my SD Card to my Toshiba External Harddrive a session (Copy and Converting to DNG) 
My files had all copied and were in the middle of converting to DNG when my hard drive accidentally got knocked off the table by my kid and was unplugged! 
I got an error that 600 and something files failed to convert, but I saw they were all in the library (some .dng some .cr2) but they had the little film icon with the ? symbol. In fact the entire hard drive library did. So, I took one of my main folders, right clicked and chose the option where you can tell it where to look. Selected the folder in my HD to open. I noticed it made a new header category/location for the same Toshiba HD with the file hierarchy listed under it.  But only have of the photos were showing up, and in the old hierarchy listing of the Toshiba HD, those folders were gone. I wish I would have taken screen shots. anyways, I went to show those folder that didn't show anything where to look and it appears they are missing on my External Harddrive. 
I ejected the hard drive and removed it and restarted. 
Then, I got the Error 16. 
But at the same time, the safari browser started acting up: certificate errors on every single page, pages loading crazy, app store wouldn't connect. 
Resolved that issue by doing the following : from troubleshooting that online, I found that it could be my system time was messed up. and it was! It was off by a couple hours and said it was like April 2037.  It even was set to go by apple settings. So I reselected apple configuration and Voila - Safari and App store are back to normal. I know this has to be related to something damaged in my lightroom. 
Also, the main reason I make sure to refer to my external hard drive as Toshiba: when the update for Sierra came out, it looked like all my files had disappeared. I had to download Tuxera Disk Manager in order to resolve that issue (that I believe was widespread with the update) 
Any help would be so greatly appreciated. 
I have not attempted to uninstall and reinstall lightroom, mainly because I am worried that my folders are somehow hidden in my hard drive and if I change settings in lightroom I won't find them again, lol. I know they have to be on there. I am praying they are. I am hoping it is something to do with the Lightroom/Toshiba/Tuxera combo along with whatever the heck happened to my time settings. THANK YOU!!!!!! <3
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Looks like the folks at Lightroom Forums are taking care of you  Lindsey so I won't muddy the waters.