How to do after formating a computer to recover Lightroom catalogs?

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I had to format my computer , and put everything on an external hard drive. I just installed Lightroom and now I want to go back to what I saved in the lightroom catalogs. My catalogs are now on the hard drive, how do i do to recover data? I didn't export the final versions of the photos,.. thanks.
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josee boulais

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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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Double-click on your catalog to open it.  If the photos are marked as missing, you'll need to link them to the original photos using these instructions: Lightroom thinks my photos are missing—how do I fix it?
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Drag the folders back to your computer and then open Lightroom with the Lightroom files (which will be wherever you had originally stored them) and you should be good to go