LIGHTROOM 5: Import Catalog or Restore?

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I have upgraded to a new computer. I have backed up my catalog on an external hard drive. I am now trying to import my catalog to my new lightroom 5. The number count comes in (2300 Images) but there is a question mark on every image. What have I done wrong? I have been trying to import my catalog for 2 hours. Please help
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Dan Little

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Rob Cole

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Why import - just copy catalog to new computer.

Anyway, if the location (path to) of images has changed, you'll need to point Lr to the new location:

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Are your images on the new computer? A LR catalog doesn't hold your images, only the locations of your images. If the location has changed you need to tell LR where they are, now.

Secondly, you don't need to Import from your catalog, you just need to copy it to the new computer and open it.