Lightroom : Editing lost passing file in a NAS

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Ive got a MacBook 2008 (white one) He still works fine, but his 160 gb HD is very small in order to manages raw photos. For that reason a year ago I've buy a NAS and transferred all the photo to the NAS in order to get some free space on the Laptop HD believing that if I need my edited photos back I've just to redirect lightroom to the new adress on the NAS.
In these last days I was searching for some old photos to print and with surprise, Lightroom has lost all the post processing work of all the photos that were been transfered to the NAS. It seems that if I've deleted the photos from the original HD lightroom has lost all the post processing work.
The "funny" thing that this is happened just with the RAW and not with some old JPG, that with the redress are working perfect with all his post processing.
I've tried to search in the forum but I haven't find something "similar".
Someone can help me?
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It is unclear what steps you performed to transfer the photos from one location to the other so you might be more specific and detailed about whether you used your OS or LR to move the photos and what you did with the LR catalog after you moved the photos.

Moving photos from one storage location does not touch what is in LR; however, if you also removed/deleted the photos from LR or actually deleted the LR catalog database then their "post processing work" is lost unless you also saved the current post-processing metadata into your JPGs or into XMP sidecar files for your raw files. This could be why your JPGs know about their LR processing and the raw files do not, if you didn't also move the XMP files across.

The post-processing instructions are stored into JPGs or into XMP sidecar files if you have turned on the Auto-write-XMP-metadata files is turned on or if you explicitly save metadata to files via the LR menus or keyboard shortcuts.

If you were making regular LR-catalog-database backups and still have them from a year ago, then you could open the last one of those you have before you moved the photos, and do a Find Missing Photos/Folders operation to re-link things.
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I've done a normal copy-paste form the Mac Hd to the NAS and, I believe, that I've not touched anything on the catalog. All the transfer work was done with OSX Snow Leopard and Lightroom 3, for the photos of the last 5-6 months with Lightroom 4.
It seems that the folders in the lightroom catalog were disappeared, less the one with JPG inside.

Thank you for the answer, I hope these informations can help you to have a better Idea of the problem.
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Moving files with OSX would not affect LR other than the photos and/or folders would show up as missing. The folder structure in LR remains as it was when you imported the photos until you move or remove the folders or photos using LR functions.

You say you transferred the photos "with OSX... and Lightroom3/4". What did you do in LR when transferring the photos?