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Lightroom misadventure while renaming external drive


New Member
Apr 13, 2019
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  1. macOS 10.15 Catalina

I have my photograph files (CR2s and JPGs) as well as my Lightroom catalogue on an external USB flash drive.

For a reason too longwinded to post here, I needed to change the name of the external USB drive from "Photographs" to "Seagate." As soon as I did this, I realized that Lightroom could not find my photos. Foolishly, I tried to fix the problemm by reverting the external drive back to "Photographs."

Now Lightroom does not seem to know most of my photos exist, Usually if a folder is missing, there is a little question mark beside the folder name. In my case, the folder names are not even listed in Lightroom. It's like they don't exist. If I look at the external drive, I can see that all the photos etc are still there. How can I get Lightroom to recognize them?

Also, for the future, what is a better way to rename an external drive so Lightroom does not get confused?
Jul 2, 2015
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Power User
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