Moved LR catalogue to external hard drive. Now missing.

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Because of a lack of space on my Mac HD, I moved (not copied) my LR catalogue to an external drive. This worked fine until I restarted my computer, then opened LR which told me it couldn't find the catalogue. I directed it to the drive, then to the LR folder, but the folder was empty so I canceled and clicked on the external drive, but the LR folder was still empty. My computer had a problem while LR was still open and shut down before I had backed up LR because it happened in the middle of the night.
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Don't you have an earlier backup, for example from the time the Lightroom catalog was still on your internal drive? If you use Time Machine to backup, you should have several copies.
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I do, but I just returned from a photo trip, and my latest backup is from several days ago. I have already reformatted the cards the pictures were on.
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The catalog and the images are two different things. If you only lost the catalog, you can replace that from a backup. The new images should be on your disk somewhere, so you can then simply import these again. You will only have to redo the edits for these new images. If you also somehow lost the images from your disk (but that is rather unlikely), then all bets are off.
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Where would I find the images on a Mac?
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Go to the Finder, hit cmd-F, and set up a search like this (substituting the date you made the photos)
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PS -- there are programs that say that they can recover photos from reformatted cards (if you haven't used the cards for more photos). I think SanDisk had one that was free. Of course, this is a last-ditch solution. Good luck!
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Thanks for your help. I am in the process of a Time Machine Restore from 7/30. I checked the 2 cards I used, and I haven't reformatted them, so I haven't lost any of the new pictures. I have used the SanDisk recovery software in the past, and it works great. Keeping my fingers crossed for the restore.