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Catalogs Need help restoring Lightroom catalog

Discussion in 'Lightroom 1-6 for Windows & Mac (perpetual)' started by Glenncca, Jan 14, 2018 at 2:22 AM.

  1. Glenncca

    Glenncca New Member

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    I had a problem with my computer yesterday. It would not start and I had to do a system restore. I have been diligent about doing backups so I think I have all of the files I need but I have not been able to get Lightroom back to where it was.

    I downloaded and re-installed Lightroom. I searched in this forum for information on restoring and found some instructions and I also referred to the instructions in this blog post: How do I move Lightroom to a new computer? | The Lightroom Queen.

    I located the most recent catalog backup file and copied it to the Pictures\Lightroom folder. However, when I double-click on this folder nothing happens. And when I follow Windows 10's instructions to find an app to open the folder and try using the LR.exe file also nothing happens.

    I also used the "Open Catalog" command on the Lightroom File menu, nothing happened when I did that either. I also tried holding the Ctrl key down on launch and opening the catalog that way, no luck with that either.

    The process seems like it should be relatively simply and straight forward but I'm not getting anywhere. What am I missing? Any help would be appreciated.

    Glenncca
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2018 at 3:05 AM
  2. Jim Wilde

    Jim Wilde Lightroom Guru Staff Member Moderator Lightroom Guru

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    The first paragraph that I've quoted needs some clarification. You said you copied the backup file to the Pictures/Lightroom folder, can you confirm the file extension of the file you copied was ".lrcat"? Then you said you double-clicked on the folder, did you really mean "folder" or did you intend to say "file"? The next sentence about following Win10's instructions to find an app implies that either Lightroom has NOT been correctly installed (not likely as you appear to be using it OK in the next paragraph), or you're not double-clicking on a file with the ".lrcat" extension.

    After you then used the "Open Catalog" command, a file browser should have appeared, and you need to use that to navigate to the catalog file (that ends with ".lrcat") that you say you copied to the Pictures/Lightroom folder. Is that what you were doing?
     
  3. Glenncca

    Glenncca New Member

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    Jim:

    Thanks for your reply.

    Yes, it was an ".lrcat" file.

    Sorry, I did mean "file".

    I believe that Lightroom installed properly but hard to tell without a catalog.

    Yes, a browser window appears and I select the ".lrcat" file but then nothing seems to happen. There is data in this file, over 1 MB.

    Glenn
     
  4. Jim Wilde

    Jim Wilde Lightroom Guru Staff Member Moderator Lightroom Guru

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    OK, what does "nothing seems to happen" mean? Are you selecting a different catalog to the one that LR is currently using? Are you certain you have correctly copied the correct backup file over to the Lightroom folder? Can we see a File Explorer screenshot of the contents of the backup folder, and another of the contents of the Pictures/Lightroom folder? Use the "Details" view so we can see size and date info.
     
  5. Glenncca

    Glenncca New Member

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    Jim:

    Thanks for your help. I went back to the beginning, made sure I had located the most recent "lrcat" file, and started over. I was using a different "lrcat" file this time. I took screenshots along the way to post in the event that I wasn't able to recover the catalog. But, I am happy to report that I was able to restore the catalog. This time everything went as described, when I double-clicked on the "lrcat" file Lightroom opened and immediately populated with my photos. Quite a relief. The only downside is that the catalog backup was not as recent as I thought it would be so I did lose some catalog data. I had recently started to revamp my backup process to ensure that I had everything completely up to date, I will be focusing on that now to ensure my future backups of the catalog are more current. The good news in all of this is that now I know that the backup can be restored relatively painlessly.

    Glenn
     

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