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Oops, I inadvertently deleted a whole year's images from LRc and still have it on My MacBook 'pictures' folder quite intact

FrankU

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I just deleted one camera's last year's input from the LRc catalogue (by clicking the 'remove' button on a yearly full set of folders; ( I thought one could only remove empty folders that way ...) . All the dng files etc still sit on my MacBook in the 'Pictures' folder there. How can I return them to the LR catalogue now? Or do I have to import every day's file one by one from what the screen shows 1 by 1?
The individual months all have sizes in the 5 to 10 megabytes of dng files. So I'm hopeful that everything from that year is still alive there. How to transport this back into LRc? Maybe I should revert to an older version of the LR catalogue, but then I would have to redo all the recent editing etc work that I did on the whole set of images, in the 50thousands , in LR..

I am so dumb sometimes and I hope there is an easier solution, maybe moving folders month by month ... and not day by day, or picture by picture.

Thanks,

Frank



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Do you have recent backups of your catalogue? If so, you can restore the latest one and save yourself much effort and grief.
 
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Do you have recent backups of your catalogue? If so, you can restore the latest one and save yourself much effort and grief.
So this is my situation: I tried to import one set of images shot with the A6600 camera from the card that I had worked on; and LRc does not allow me to start a folder with name S_A6600 in the Apple_SSD, and not any new folder!, and so I cannot move anything in the MacBook's pictures folder to LR again.

And somehow LRc seems to have such a folder with the A6600 name in its catalogue but I can see it at all. I would eb content to name that new folder as AAAA and later rename it to reflect its A6600 origin ...
How can I make , insert a somehow named folder to import to. It must appear on the left import panel margin (see the screen shot) when I want to import.

The scene shot never uploaded ... sorry.
 
First make sure the LrC has "Full Disk Access" (nothing else will do - apparently)
 
How do I make sure LRc has full disk access? On MacBook Sonoma ...
System Settings>Privacy & Security tab>Select "Full Disk Access">Add and Enable Lightroom Classic (and any other apps in your Photography Plan) to the list.
 
"Do you have recent backups of your catalogue? If so, you can restore the latest one and save yourself much effort and grief."

This was an important question and I don't see a clear answer to it. Also please answer directly:

  1. Does Time Machine backup the catalogue?
  2. In Catalog Settings, Metadata, is Automatically Write Changes to XMP checked or unchecked

While we're asking questions of you, please don't change anything more with LR.
 
I tried to import one set of images shot with the A6600 camera from the card that I had worked on; and LRc does not allow me to start a folder with name S_A6600 in the Apple_SSD, and not any new folder
Please do not import anything until we can get you a replacement catalog from backup. There are timeMachine backups and on exit, LrC makes a backup copy of the catalog before exiting. It is this backup copy made when you exit that is most important.
 
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