Recovered RAW Images Missing Data

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A couple of years ago, I used file recovery software to recover a large amount of RAW images that I had accidentally deleted. I'm in the process of uploading my RAW image library to Adobe Lightroom's cloud, and I'm noticing that these files, while still .CR2 files, don't seem to have retained some of the data. For example, I can't specify color profile, white balance options are missing, and enabling lens corrections does nothing.

Am I correct in my assertion that the recovery process wasn't able to retain the camera metadata? Is there a way to restore that? I seem to remember in Lightroom Classic, that you could specify your lens in lens corrections, but Lightroom Desktop (CC), which is what I use, is more simple and doesn't have that functionality.

Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Tim Sondrup

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I seem to remember in Lightroom Classic, that you could specify your lens in lens corrections, but Lightroom Desktop (CC), which is what I use, is more simple and doesn't have that functionality.
Click on the red box as shown below if the lens isn't automatically detected.


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Looks like I’ll have to try in Lightroom Desktop when I get home. Thanks for the reply!
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Hi Tim, Lightroom Mobile has no way to enter Exif and IPTC metadata , only very basic EXIF data are displayed. Before you migrate you need to make sure all your metadata are correct. Could be Adobe will improve that release by release because IPTC data can be very useful even most of the users are not maintaining it. I guess that Adobe is focussing on improving their artificial intelligence functionality to enable users to search and filter