Sometimes, there’s a great possibility that you will encounter several unwanted scenarios when using Adobe Lightroom. One of it is dealing with missing image files. So, how do you fix the issue? Do you need to import the same file again in Lightroom? This article, will give you quick ideas on how to fix missing files in Lightroom.
Basically, it’s either you’ve made honest mistakes such as:
- Deleting folders accidentally
- Renaming files without remembering it
- Moving folders to unfamiliar locations
On the other hand, missing files can happen if:
- The network or external device is not connected or unplugged to the network.
- Used another photo editing software
- Outdated Lightroom version
How to detect if Lightroom can’t locate your files?
Missing Lightroom images can be identified by a single rectangular sign of the grid thumbnail in the library module. In the previous versions of Lightroom, missing files such as Lightroom presets have a question mark icon in it.
How to fix missing images in Lightroom?
If Adobe Lightroom warns you that your file collections are missing and can be searched, don’t overreact or panic. The first thing you need to do is to assess the problem first and recall how did it happen. Once you’ve already identified the cause, then fix it as soon as possible or, better yet, follow the simple instructions discussed below.
Here’s how to deal with missing images:
- Review files and other images on your storage drive
- Check if you’re connected to the network
- Check missing folders
- Locate missing file images
- Once searched, make sure to double check if the images or Lightroom presets are still marked as missing or if the image has a question mark icon.
If you can’t still locate the original files after the given tips above, then you will need to restore files from the stored backups or manually import and recover files from your personal storage.