How to start over importing photos

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I had imported photos into LR and renamed them on an External hard drive using LR and things were pretty organised. Now the EHD has been stolen and so I have my 20 000 very disorganised, original photos on various backup locations.  What is the best way to start again? I did backup the LR but I understand that that only means that I have the collection/pointer and not the original photos.  Please help
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When you renamed the photos, what kind of naming structure did you use?  Is it something that could be recreated from metadata?

Assuming it's not, you'll likely find it quicker to start a brand new catalog and import your backup photos afresh, and edit them again. Unless you can easily match the filenames, you'll have a nightmare trying to reconnect the backup photos with the catalog I'm afraid.
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Thanks so much. I was thinking matching would be too hard.
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Helllo Krina,

may be this link helps:
https://mein-lightroom-tag.blogspot.d...