Lightroom is not acknowledging my hard drive, I tried relaunching and Lightroom is still blank. All files in the hard drive are in tact in my Finder.
Hi Victoria, thank you so much for getting back to me, Im using LR 5.7.1 on a MacBook Pro Retina, OSX. My external hard drive was working fine the day before when doing my latest back up. I plugged the drive in to edit yesterday and LR was blank, no catalog, no volumes, no folders. After I sent you the email you I spent a few hours re-importing the entire catalog, the files are all there but they just say "imported" without the list of edits. The edits are attached to the files but no history of the edits or access to the original raw file.
Ok, stop there. It sounds like LR can't find your catalog. Search your computer for *.lrcat files. All of the information about the work you've done in Lightroom is held in a catalog, so if you can find the right one, then you can double click on it to open it and everything should be back to normal.
Thank you, I saw this solution when trouble shooting yesterday, when I clicked on the most recent of many lrcat files, the LR Import screen opened so I re-imported the entire catalog. Just now when clicking on a different lrcat file a window opens that says "in order to use this catalog, Lightroom must close the current catalog and restart. Do you want to relaunch Lightroom with ....". I saw this window many times yesterday but the interface in LR remained blank
Yeah, you don't want to import of the photos through the LR Import screen, because you'll be missing all your settings. Saying yes to that dialog you mention is fine. Perhaps you'd like to post a screenshot of your lrcat file search, sorted by date modified, and we can help you spot the one you need.
Unfortunately the one from Oct 22 was created on Sunday when I was trying to recover my catalog, it doesnt contain the edit histories. I dont understand the gaps in the dates because I have auto backups happening every time I plug in my external hard drive which is almost multiple times/week. I cant access the column with the file sizes, tried sliding the column borders at the top but to no avail
I used LR 2 or 3 days prior to Sunday, which is when I opened to find my catalog missing. I have my backups set to be stored in Dropbox, the most recent after Oct 22 is from August. Doesnt make sense. My external hard drive has all the folders in tact, is there any way to transfer them into LR without using LR's Import, which is not importing the edit histories? Is the only way to restore the catalog through the most recent backup?
My conclusion as well :( Could be a lot worse, I survived with 50k files with edit histories in tact, big mistake was thinking if I imported the files from my hard drive that that would restore the catalog. I'll have to re-import all files shot since August with attached edits but no history, live and learn. Thank you so much for the help troubleshooting, I really appreciate the backup! One more question, do you know if upon launching LR will default to opening the most recent catalog or will I run into trouble with the catalog that was created when I re-imported all of my files on Sunday?