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Computer crashed. On restart, LR4 opened yesterday's catalog. I can't find TODAY's work I did? HELP!

Jul 26, 2013 11:48 AM

Tags: #lr4 #lightroom4

I spent the morning do Massive edits, renames, and photo ordering on some 700 pictures. Suddenly, my computer went down. When I rebooted, my LR4 opened up my last backup- which was yesterday. Now I cannot find ANY of the work I did all morning. Is it gone, or somewhere I don't know about. HELP!!! This is a massive, massive bummer!! I'm sitting here totally freaked out.


Any help would be so incredibly appreciated.


Thanks so much,


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    Jul 26, 2013 12:00 PM   in reply to uphilldeb

    Did you look for catalog file with today's date?


    I would first try looking in Lightroom, File->Open Recent (probably the 2nd one on the list, as the first one is likely to be the one you just opened)


    If its not there, I would use your operating system to search for *.LRCAT files with today's date. You may find several (the one you were hoping to find, and yesterday's that you just opened will now have today's date)


    By the way, how do you know it was yesterday's backup that got opened?

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    Jul 26, 2013 12:17 PM   in reply to uphilldeb

    Were you writing the metadata to XMP before the crash?


    Did you actually use your operating system to search for *.LRCAT files? It doesn't sound like you did

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