Lightroom Classic: Can't find all images from time machine migration

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Hello, I attempted to move my Lightroom 4 catalog and images from a time machine backup on an external hard drive to a new iMac with newest version of Lightroom cc classic. Put images and catalog in same locations on new iMac where they were located on old computer (time machine backup). Only one folder of images appear in new Lightroom . Have tried "finding missing images." no luck. Seems to be only partial record of past images on old Lightroom 4 catalog. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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This sounds like you may have have moved an old catalog to the new iMac rather than the latest one.
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Thank you for responding. There was only one catalog on the old iMac. I back up catalog every time I close Lightroom, everything should be in that catalog. I moved the catalog from the latest time machine back up.
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I'm not completely sure, but I think it’s possible that Time Machine hasn't backed up your catalog for a while. So the catalog you see in the latest Time Machine backup is not necessarily also the same version as the catalog you were using. I believe that Time Machine does not backup the catalog file if Lightroom is running, in order to avoid backing up a catalog in an inconsistent state. That was a problem in the past, and I believe that is how Apple dealt with it (same for Aperture libraries).

Did you let Lightroom make catalog backups too?
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The way I typically did it, and I alluded to this in my last post, was to let click on "back up catalog now" from the window that came up every time I exited Lightroom. I assumed, perhaps falsely, that every time I backed up with time machine, the catalog was being backed up to newest state. Sometimes I would back up catalog to a seperate ext. hard drive (not using time machine) just to have an extra copy. But, admittedly hadn't done that in a while. I just find it weird that 90 per cent of my images and adjustments are missing. Almost every time, if not every time, I performed time machine back up, Lightroom was not running. I will admit it's hard to explain otherwise. Mr. Elzinga, I really appreciate your time and feedback.
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Do you still have access to the drive that was backed up? That drive should contain the most recent version of your catalog.
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The hard drive crashed. I still have it, maybe I can get the catalog.