thc1979 wrote in post #18473943
They weren't in the recycle bin at all, they hadn't been deleted.
It's a strange one, it is as if I clicked the remove from catalog setting but I definitely didn't - the whole purpose of the exercise was to free up some space.
The reality is that in 99.9% of cases these things occur due to user error (you pressed the wrong button despite how sure you are that you didn't). In the 0.1% of cases where it isn't user error it is a bug - but given how many copies of Lightroom there are out there a bug like this would have shown up elsewhere, which it hasn't.
thc1979 wrote in post #18473692
It's strange, but I'm going to have to create a new catalog.
You don't need a new catalog. What you do is...
1. Load LR and ensure Library > Show photos in sub folders is ticked.
2. Go to the top level folder on the external harddrive that has these rogue images. - by that I mean your highest Pictures folder or the one that contains all the images/subfolders that they are in.
3. In the LR "Folders" tool bar on the left of screen click/right click on that top level folder and select Synchronize Folder.
4. When the dialogue is displayed make sure that Import new photos and Show Import dialogue before importing are both ticked. Press the Synchronize button.
5. The import dialogue will be displayed and will show all of the rogue images that are on your drive, but not in the catalog.
6. On the right side of the Import Dialogue is the Apply During Import menu. In the keywords section type a temporary keyword that you know doesn't already exist (I use "killbill").
Warning: If you have any images on the external drive that aren't supposed to be in LR (old mobile photo pics or whatever) you will need to scroll through the images and deselect those.
7. Press the Import button.
8. Once the import is complete (and with the top level folder still selected) go to the Keyword list on the right and scroll down to/mouse over "Killbill". An arrow will be displayed to the right of the keyword. Click this to display all images with that keyword.
9. When they display go to Edit > Select all. Then right click on an image and select Remove Photos. Triple check that you are clicking on the right button when you hit Remove from Disk