Harddrive accidentally unplugged during file move: DELETED FILES

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My external hard drive was accidentally disconnected during a file move of all my sons baby pictures. I cannot seem to find them on the external hard drive or on my computer. HELP! I need those pictures back! 
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Rachael Manderle

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Use Mac Finder or Windows Explorer to see if any of the files are on the original drive and/or external drive? Normally disconnecting the drive should abort the LR move operation with loss of perhaps a few files.

When moving a large number of files it's best to use Mac Finder or Windows Explorer and COPY (not MOVE) the files to the destination drive and then reconnect them as outlined here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/locate-missing-photos.html

Do you have copies of your image files on a separate backup external drive?
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Don't write any files on the disks you were using and use a file rescue program like sandisk rescue pro.
It will scan your disks and recover erased files if they have not yet been overwritten.