Every photographer’s worst nightmare: You accidentally deleted your entire photo file — and you emptied the trash can! That’s exactly what happened to me yesterday. I lost over 7000 photographs from my Lightroom3.
And just how did I ever do such stupid thing??!! I was organizing and cleaning out files to make the computer work more efficiently. I decided to move the Lightroom3 catalog backup files to an external hard drive before updating the Lightroom3 software. Easy enough process. The stupid mistake was that after updating to version 3.5 and before exiting the program, for some reason, thinking I already have the file on the external hard drive; I clicked on the “don’t backup at this time”. And because I told it not to back up so when the new updated Lightroom program closed, it basically started with a clean darkroom. Thinking my files were safe, I deleted all the old files and then emptied the trash can from my computer.
When I restarted the computer and it was running better. I was so happy and proud of myself — that is until I opened the Lightroom and it was empty. At first I wasn’t too concern because I thought I have to reload the main library catalog and when I went to the backup file on the external drive — the folder was empty. I felt my heart dropped to the pit of my stomach as I frantically checked again and again… without success. After I frantically searched and opened every file on the computer — and the external hard drive without finding my photos — I just sat and stare at the blank Lightroom library with such disbelief, not sure if I want to scream or cry. However, I did neither… there was no time to kick myself — all I could think of was that there has to be some way I can retrieve my precious pictures. Thank goodness for Google. I kept searching for solutions until I found a software that retrieve files deleted from an emptied trash can. To make the long story short, I bought the software and was able to recover all my files! When I saw all my thumbnail images on the Lightroom3 library, I started jumping, laughing and crying with joy as if I have just won the lottery. The furry kids looked at me as if I was crazy. But I felt like I was floating on cloud nine.