Here's my basic workflow:
- Transfer raw photos to machine
- Publish photos
- Move photos to longterm storage (a NAS)
In some cases I don't save the metadata on the photos and it gets lost when I move it to the NAS. I just lost tons of edits to a big project and can't figure out how to get it back. Things I've tried:
- move the photos back to my machine (I don't know the original folder name)
- pull my lightroom catalog from backups on a date before step 4
The edits aren't showing up. How can I take care of this? Certainly the metadata exists in the backed-up catalog file, if not the 'current' catalog. How do I get it back? If I figure out the folder name, will putting the photos there bring the metadata back?
The 'NAS' copy has sidecar files, but they don't appear to have edits- they are all about the same size, 2.8k.
"How do I restore photos and metadata" is a similar question, but I don't think it's precisely the same. "Restoring Lightroom photos" is the same, perhaps, but since I already have the photos, sidecars, and restored catalog from that date I don't know why it isn't working.