Lightroom: Import loses files and adjustments - adjustments disappear

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RC 6.3 - I processed about 900 swim meet photos on location (CR2 from 2 Canon 7D bodies saved to dng). I put them on my hard MBP 17 hard drive and processed in my temporary catalog. A few photos were processed further in Photoshop and saved to the temporary catalog.

At home, I opened my swim catalog and moved the photos to may main external hard drive, which is mirrored and backed up.

All settings on all photos were lost, including in camera white balance adjustments with expo disc. All of my photoshop files in the catalog were wiped out. They were erased from the original location and not moved to the new location.

Needless to say a lot of work and hours were lost.

I have been using Lightroom since its first beta release. I work with all beta releases. I normally do not comment - beta releases are usually good, and others are far more knowledgeable. However this release seems very troublesome.

Even working on location, I became concerned that adjustments that I thought that I had made were gone, and the photos spontaneously changed - ending up much different from those that came from the camera.

I shoot raw (CR2) and save everything to dng. I do not use sidecar files. I shoot two Canon 7D bodies, and the problem occurred with both.

Bizarre and troubling. Please fix.
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Sounds like settings were not saved in xmp (on disk), and hence were only existing in the temporary catalog itself.

Try exporting the photos from your temporary catalog, and importing from the exported catalog into your main catalog instead. Or just import from the temporary catalog as is if you want everything.

The only issue doing it that way is if you moved or copied the photo files outside Lightroom, in which case you will need to "relocate" after import.

A better way is to have Lightroom copy the files to their final resting place when exporting from the temporary catalog, then no additional steps are required when importing from the exported catalog.