I have Lightroom 4.1 on a Windows 7 64-bit system with 6GB memory. I have a catalog with approximately 40,000 images. I selected about 8.000 of the images, went to File==>Export as Catalog. In the Export as Catalog dialog I checked "Export selected photos only" and "Include available previews". The catlog that I am exporting from and the new catalog are both on the same hard drive. The drive has 249 GB free space. Watching the status bar in the upper left, I can see the Export as Catalog progressing - it goes through several steps and then copies the previews. The final step before Lightroom crashes is "Copying new catalog to final location". Then I get a Windows menu (Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 64-bit has stopped working) inside another window (Export as Catalog Problems (Not Responding)).
The exported catalog appears to be OK, but I want to be sure that there is not a problem in it that may surface later. When I open it, I told Lightroom to test its integrity and that seemed to go OK. I have tried the export several times and the failure is repeatable.
I tried the export with a different name and it behaved the same way. I tried "Export as Catalog" on five images and was able to successfully export.
Thanks for any assistance,
Does it work if you try to export only the first 4000 images?
If it does, and you attempt to do a second export as catalog with the other 4000, does that work?
It is possible you have a bad file in there somewhere that is causing Lightroom to burp. Try carving the export into smaller pieces and see if they work. You can always reassemble the smaller catalogs if necessary. If splitting it into two catalogs at export result in an error on both operations then the problem is likely not a file or a corruption.
I retried the Export as Catalog with 4000 images and it was successful and a second time with 4000 images and it was successful. I then tried an Export as catalog with 7200 different images and it crashed in the same way. These tests may have shed some light on what happened. After each of the "Export as Catalog" tests that worked, I saw this screen:
After the tests that failed I saw this screen:
Even in the tests that failed, it appears that the catalog was created and is healthy. The crash occurs just after the "Export as Catalog" window is displayed, but before it is populated with information on the problem. The messages that appear in the window on the successful export are alerting me to the fact that some previews were missing. I am assuming that the crash happened after the catalog was exported and during the process of reporting the errors. But that is only a guess. Any additional thoughts?
Thanks again for your response, Rikk.
I'm having the exact same issue. I'm trying to export 62,000+ images. I export as a catalog onto a harddrive then ship it to a friends house as one of my off site back ups. The back up takes 7 hours on my firewire Drobo and 3 hours on a USB3 external hdd. I get the "export as catalog problems" termanal window with no information inside, an "Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 64-bit has stopped working" MS close program window, and the underlying Lightroom window reports Lightroom (100%).
This makes the most sence to me as a back up solution because everything is saved. There is years of work here: tags, edits, originals, DNGs, etc. I'm really into the LightRoom/database solution but can't think of another way to automatically backup the terabyte of informaion.
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