Lightroom: Import error on disk space, but images are delete and not imported

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Ok i'm on a macbook pro and my images are stored on a nas, while doing an import i used the option move images. During the import lightroom told my it was out of disk space on my nas (it is not but could happend with network issue). So my import was not completed, but lightroom deleted al the files from source disk. 

Does lightroom have a fallback local storage for import or is there a way that i can get my images back? A little panic here...

Thanks for all your help. 

all the best, gerald
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If the Source disk/drive was a memory card in a card reader LR should not offer the option to Move the files during import. That option should be grayed out. If LR deleted the images and you can't find them in the trash or someplace else on your drives by doing a search with SpotLight or some other file search program like Find then I am sorry to say they are gone.

I suggest in the future you stop using the Move option in favor of the Copy option.
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Thanks for the answer, i importred them from a external drive so it was no memory card. How can it be that it will delete files and not importing them there should be a fail prove right ? 
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Have you looked at the NAS to see if the files are there?
I have never used the Move command in LR and I've been using LR since version 1. So I have no idea what LR does first. But I suspect it Moves the images first then starts the import process.  So those files might actually be on the NAS.
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thanks for the tip, the images are indeed copied to my nas, pff but are not imported in lightroom, so i will do an import of them and it seems that there are all there. 

And yes this was the first and last time i will use the move command... thanks for this tip indeed seems that LR first copy the files and then does an import. 

So now i only have to do a re-import and all will be fine!
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Glad you still have your images.
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Until you're able to figure out if your images were successfully copied to the NAS or not. DO NOT touch the external drive you were attempting to move them from. Especially, don't write anything to it. You may (depending on your O/S) be able to obtain some un-delete software to recover the images.

Agree with JSM. In the future, never use Move, use Copy and after you verify they all were transferred to the new location then delete them from the source. This  isn't just good practice for LR but for any program or O/S. The only exception is if you're moving files from one location to another on the same device. In that case the O/S really never moves the files. It only updates the file table to make it look like the files have been moved. Like when you drag a folder or pictures in LR to a new folder.
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I think i found the images back back thanks for the tip, a left my disk online but i'm doing stuff on a ntfs formatted external disk on macbook so not the ideaal combination :) But it seems i still have all my images
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Tip for everyone as stated above  don't use the  move command but do first an import and them delete the files (when the import was successful). If something goes during  import with the copy option it looks like files are first copied and then imported in LF. Hope this will help people in the future.

Thanks all for the support, and the best news my images are indeed copied to my NAS but not imported in LF.

Lesson learned: NEVER USE THE MOVE OPTIONS DURING IMPORT TO LF. (it will save you some grey hairs :) )
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Great news!!!