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Library module Cant see files

Ian

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I previously could see all the files on the left but now there are only 6 files shown,please help
 

Ian

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I previously could see all the files on the left but now there are only 6 files shown,please help

There are normally say a few hundred files on the G drive.The files are still on the g drive but are not shown
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Hal P Anderson

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Oh, instead of files, you meant folders. There's a big difference.

Yes, if you had hundreds of folders on the G: drive, you are down to six. My guess is that you deleted them somehow from your catalogue. Do you have a recent catalogue backup you could use?

Also, a photograph of your screen isn't as good an illustration of your problem as a proper screenshot is:
 

clee01l

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"Miss Brooks, Bring me the Anderson File". Miss Brooks brings the manila file folder containing all of the Anderson documents (paper files). That icon is the Manila Folder that contains documents (files). It is easy to misuse the folder concept when translating paper document terminology to digital equivalents. That manila folder has always contained files. A File Folder often got a short hand in business to "file". In the digital age, that confuses folders with their contents (files). Early on Folders were called directories. Files have always been files.
Now that we have that straight. The Folder panel in lightroom shows folders that are in the LR catalog. It only shows folders that have cataloged images, IOW, a subset of the folders in the filesystem.
 

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If the 8 folders currently showing up (which contain 481 images) are all newly imported items, then it is likely that just before you did the import on those folders and images you somehow wound up using a new and empty catalog and didn't notice. See if there is a slightly older catalog on your system that has all your folders and images (other than these 8 folders). Use Mac Finder or Windows File Manager and search for files ending in ".lrcat". Ignore ones in backup folders and in time machine. If one is found, double click on it to open that catalog and see if has all your older folders.
 
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