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Larry.Dean
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Help -- Lightroom 4.2 Destroyed My Catalog and It's Backup!

Jan 1, 2013 8:28 PM

Tags: #problem #catalog #lr4 #lightroom4

I performed a backup of my Lightoom 4.2 catalog upon exiting an editing session.  No errors were reported.  The next time I opened Lightroom it said the catalog was invalid.  Upon checking I found both the catalog and it's backup totally empty -- 0 bytes.  It must have erased the catalog during the integrity checking/optimization process prior to doing the backup.  Is there any way to recover this catalog?  If not, I will have lost a lot of work since the previous backup a week earlier.  Obviously the catalog was fine just prior to the backup process as I had just been successfully using it.  How could something so catastrophic have happened??  Any and all help will be appreciated!  

 
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    Jan 2, 2013 6:04 AM   in reply to Larry.Dean

    It sounds to me like you (accidentally) opened an new or empty catalog, instead of your most recent catalog.

     

    Have you checked File->Open Recent to see if there are other catalogs listed?

     

    Have you checked your hard disk to see what catalogs exist?

     

    By the way, I seriously doubt this: "It must have erased the catalog during the integrity checking/optimization process prior to doing the backup."

     
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    Jan 2, 2013 1:11 PM   in reply to Larry.Dean

    Larry.Dean wrote:

     

    My only recourse is to revert to an earlier backup causing me to lose a week's worth of work!

    That's very unfortunate. But I hope you now recognize the wisdom of the Lr engineers who gave Lr the option to backup the catalog <Every Time Lr Exits>.

     
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    Jan 2, 2013 1:12 PM   in reply to Larry.Dean

    So, did you or did you not see any other catalogs under File->Open Recent?

     

    Did you or did you not check your hard disk to see what catalogs exist?

     

    Is Adobe going to treat this as a bug? or did they just say "we're sorry" and that's the end of it?

     
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