Not sure what to even write here. I’m just curious, if anyone has an idea what might have happened. For myself, I have no idea
As background information: I’m running my (windows) system for weeks, leaving evrything open and the pc is 24/7 powered on. On one desktop I keep digikam and darktable open. Darktable runs with --library :memory: and is used only for editing single pictures.
Yesterday I wanted to edit a play raw and when collecting the image and the xmp file (to post here in the forum), I realized, there is no xmp file(*). I searched for a few minutes changing darktable to lightroom mode checking my edit is stil there, yet no xmp file. Then I called it a day.
This morning I was looking into the issue and realized, after doing a recursive file listing via powershell, that there is in fact not a single xmp file on this drive left. This are about 10000 files from this year with hundreds of edits. Let’s assume I might have a somewhat recent backup(**), I’m still curious what has swepped away all the xmp files.
I have no idea what might have happened.
I’m pretty sure that I did not somehow delete the stuff recursively in more than 50 folders, and only the xmp files. I can’t think that darktable is the culprit here, because it has only two or three folders at max imported (because I’m using only for temporary edits.) Maybe some shit in digikam I did not know about? But I don’t remember doing anything special there - just F5 from while to while, to see my automatic from the camera written photos.
Or it my be some kind of corruption on this disc, which is aexternal ssd drive 2TB. It’s not even a year old and sitting on my shelve beside the pc.
As I said, not sure what to expect here - but maybe someone has seen something similar and has an idea. Thanks for reading so far!
*) I have not tested this extensively, but darktable still writes no xmp file. But I have to investigate further
**) Maybe not, but thats completely my fault