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Import how to import a folder and its subfolders into LR while preserving the folder structure

dtbain

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Hello all

Somehow my Lr catalog lost sight of a folder (call it A) and its subfolders: a, b, c, etc.

When I create A in Lr and then try to important from A outside Lr, I get all the pictures but not the folder structure, i.e. they all appear in A, undifferentiated.

Is there a way of importing A and its subfolders back into Lr while keeping the images organised in their subfolders?

To do this manually, i.e. subfolder by subfolder, would take ages.

Thanks lots

David
 

dtbain

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Hi Johan,

Thanks for reply.

I mean that Lr doesn't show the missing folder or its subfolders at all, not that there's question marks etc.

I was assuming there must be a way of doing this because, though I've been using Lr for long enough that I can't remember how I set it up, I assume that if you have a parent folder with a bunch of subfolders, you could tell Lr (at least when setting up your first ever catalog) just to import both the folder structure and the contents. But is that not possible?

Thanks

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In that case the first solution is to restore your Lightroom catalog from a backup. Reimporting those folders means you will lose all edits and added metadata.

If you don’t have a recent enough catalog backup, then the only option left is to reimport all. You should then import the top folder, but use ‘Add’ at the top of the import dialog, not copy or move. Check the option to include subfolders in the left panel. That will add the folder hierarchy without changing anything, so your original hierarchy will remain intact.
 
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