Lightroom 5: Can't find my photos

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Hello!  My photos are someplace in my computer I am hoping. I opened the backup file of LR 5 accidentally and now my photos are all gone. I have over 10,000 photo that I directly import from LR.  I no longer have them.  I am sure they are someplace in the computer. I just don't know where to look.  HELP!!!!
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Jacie Rabideau Carter

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Arne Vollstedt

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Did you try opening the original LR File? Is every Hard Drive connected?
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Don't worry, your photos are safe. Lightroom does not contain your photos, it's a database. It's like an address book with the names and addresses of your friends. Your friends are "in your address book", but of course they do not physically live in that book. Neither are your photos physically inside the Lightroom catalog. You opened an old backup catalog, which is like opening an old address book. Your newer friends are not in that book, because you became friends later. So all you have to do is find the correct catalog, and double click it to start Lightroom with that catalog. Your photos will then be back in Lightroom.
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Jacie Rabideau Carter

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I Love your response!! Thank you for taking the time to answer. I'll be looking at videos to find my "friends!" You made my day!!