LightRoom 5 - Folders Show up in Catalog, but unable to view photos in folders after a certain folder

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System: Windows 7, 32Bit, Core2Duo w/ 2GB Ram, LightRoom 5.5 hooked up to a Nikon D5200 for Tethered capture & review only. Currently we have 1727 folders and 5530 pictures in the Catalog.

We use this system to take product images for a website and the images are stored on a mapped drive file server. Today when trying to review some of the more recent pictures it would not select the folder/open the photos (but you could see the first picture in the folder in the preview window). I was running LR 5.3 so I upgraded to 5.5 to see if that would fix the problem but it did not. I am able to see the pictures if I click on the root folder and it works as expected.

Older folders/pictures work they way they should, but everything taken after Monday did not work. (Monday happens to also be the last day a backup of the catalog was done). When I revert to Monday's backup all of the folders/images work. When I try to import the missing folders/pictures into the Monday backup , I have the same issue at the same point. I have tried creating a new catalog from scratch and have the same problem, however the "break-point" (where I can no longer see inside the folders) changed to a slightly earlier [in the series] folder.

I can browse the mapped network drive and see all of the folders/pictures without problem. I have also tried Synchronizing the folders and optimizing the catalog but neither had any effect.

Have I hit some sort of folder limit? I read there was no "hard" limit file/folder limit per catalog, but with the way it is acting, it is almost like I found a hidden folder limit.

As an additional troubleshooting step I installed LR5.5 on a different computer (Win 7 64bit, 8Gb ram) to rule out a 32/64bit issue and/or a ram issue, but I still have the same problem.

I originally posted this over on Adobe's support forum, but it was suggested that I post it over here as well.
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john beardsworth

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You've hit a limit in Lr on Windows for the number of items in a single list, usually encountered in keywords. You need to move some of the folders under parent folders, so instead of a folder structure like D:\20140710 it's more like D:\2014\20140710. Do this in Lightroom's Folders panel, not Explorer.
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Thanks for the info John. Unfortunately nesting folders is not a very workable (or long term) solution for us. Since it seems this is a long term problem that Adobe will not fix, We are going to keep running as is for now while we look for a long term solution.

Thanks Again!