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new LR4 import becasue can't match question marks.
Presently I have 20k photo files. They reside on the new "working" drive. They are in folders by date as well as by topic. Now I want to import in a catalog. I need advice about whether I should import them with any dates. I think I should import them with the dates they have by not letting L4 name them...whad you think?
When I get this straightened out, I will export all the photos through L4 to the "Backup" and then again tot he "safety" drive.
Any advice would be appreciated. This problem arose because of my traveling with a Passport drive that started to act up but it was also aggravated by a tempermental usb port!
I have copied all the files from the problematic external drive to new external drive. Therefore, they all have no LR information or extension, but they do have dates that my Nikon added and many have names that I added.
I want to start a new catalog by importing the photos into a new catalog. How do I import without loosing their names and dates and without adding more information like today’s date on them.
Sorry I did not make this clearer in my original post.
When I am done with the above import (should I live through this), I want to back up the photos on another drive for safety. How do I make sure ALL the photo files will be included along with any LR settings I added?
I do this all the time. Edit what I have on my main drive. Move it to an external drive. Months down the road I want to revisit the photos. I use the step above and all is well.
As for keeping all of your settings with the back up files. You can also back up your catalog info. So say I create a catalog for June. I move it to my hard drive. If I want to revisit it, I can open the catalog file. As I say in all my posts, this works for me. I'm sure others have better methods to back up their files and catalogs.
The next problem concerns NEF files that are in folders but are not to be seen at all in lightroom. These I believe are the 5000 that I mentioned earlier that do not have a LR extension that I believe is added when importing. This was the reason I was going to import all the photos and start anew. How do I get these photos to register in the catalog!
Then there is the problem with those photos that continue tohave a question mark. I search for the folder and select the large folder with all the subfolders but get the Dbox that asks if I want to combine.
If this makes me any crazier I will really be crazy.
As for the combine feature. I personally like to have control over what is imported and how it is categorized, so I will go folder to folder (locating the folder, syncing, etc) instead of grouping them under one master folder. If the folder is already in LR, you can find that folder in your catalog and use the find lost folder or sync folder features. I hope Im making sense. It took me a few weeks figuring this stuff out through countless internet searches.
"If the photos are displayed as thumbnails but they have a question mark on the frame, and when you display them in the Develop Module you get the message "image missing or offline" then Lr still has them in its catalog and you have to re-link the images instead of re-importing.
But if the photos don't show in Lr at all, and a search for missing images ( >Library >Find all Missing Images) does not turn them up, then re-importing would be the correct thing.
The easiest way to "restore the folders" (which would avoid that you had to search for the images in the Import Dialog) would be to right-click the folder in the folders panel in Library and select <Synchronize Folder>.
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