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Help with new internal hard drive.

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Just installed a new internal SSD drive as prior drive crashed. Photos are safely stored on external drive. How do I re-install Lightroom Classic, files, etc. Creative Cloud app installed on new internal drive. Options from CC app are install Lightroom (Classic), which gives me a new LR with nothing in it. Thanks in advance!
 
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Is this a replacement disk for C:? Or an additional internal drive?
Lightroom Classic (the app) is usually installed in the apps folder (Programs (?)) on C:\. The Catalog file (where you imported metadata data resides)is usually stored in sub folder in the Pictures folder. This catalog file may contain a path pointer to the individual image files stored on a EHD.

First thing you need to do is find your original catalog file and open it. It will look for the imported images in the EHD if that is where they were when you last opened that master catalog file.

I need more information before proceeding.
 
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It's a replacement internal SSD drive; prior drive failed. I am waiting for Backblaze restore files. New drive has nothing about LR. I did install Creative Cloud app but only option is to install and takes me to import as though it's a new install. Catalog backups as well as images are on operating external drive. Thanks. Hope this helps.
 
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Catalog backups as well as images are on operating external drive.
That's all you need. Copy the latest catalog backup to a 'Lightroom' folder in your Pictures folder, unzip it and start Lightroom by double clicking it. You should now see all your images. Initially the images will not have thumbnails, but Lighroom should start to rebuild these one by one. You only have to start Lightroom this way once, so it knows where the catalog is.
 
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Or wait for Backblaze to restore the catalog, if you had it backing up. Depends on whether your last catalog backup on the EHD was current or if the Backblaze backup is more current. You want to get the most recent if they differ by any significant amount.

Did you use presets, profiles, etc? Those are not stored in the catalog but may be on the backblaze backup (or not). This document may be helpful:

Lightroom Classic File Locations | The Lightroom Queen
 
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That's all you need. Copy the latest catalog backup to a 'Lightroom' folder in your Pictures folder, unzip it and start Lightroom by double clicking it. You should now see all your images. Initially the images will not have thumbnails, but Lighroom should start to rebuild these one by one. You only have to start Lightroom this way once, so it knows where the catalog is.
Thanks so much. Am awaiting restore of C:\ drive.
 
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Or wait for Backblaze to restore the catalog, if you had it backing up. Depends on whether your last catalog backup on the EHD was current or if the Backblaze backup is more current. You want to get the most recent if they differ by any significant amount.

Did you use presets, profiles, etc? Those are not stored in the catalog but may be on the backblaze backup (or not). This document may be helpful:

Lightroom Classic File Locations | The Lightroom Queen
Thank you. I won't get restored C:\ until Tuesday.
 
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