upload – media import failed in wordpress importer

I just merged two wordpress sites into one (on my local dev machine). I used the standard export/import tools.

I created export files from both sites, imported them into my dev. machine. I chose to download media files. It said that all media files from one site failed to import. I copied all the media files (1 folder, 1500 images) from that site to my dev machine uploads folder. I did some search and replace and the images showed up perfectly.

I was very happy 🙂 Until…

I realized that the images (will display fine but they) are not included in the media library. They only exist as links to images in a folder.

Is there any way to import those images into the media library later?

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