I need to delete 2014's Catalog Database in order to avoid the catalog error when I try to open Lightroom after I switch drives.
This is simply not correct. You don't need to delete your catalog, in fact I think that's a horrible thing to do. If you double-click on the catalog file in your operating system, you won't get this error. Also, if you place the catalog file on the internal HD, you won't get this error when you move/change/replace your HD.
So when I replace the drive, Lightroom complains that it can't find the catalog and will not finish opening. I want to avoid the reinstalling of the application.
Re-installing the application never fixes catalog errors.
Will deleting the catalog help me correct this?
That's like shooting yourself in the foot. See above.
Thanks but I am not concerned about losing my Lightroom adjustments or file references. My workflow is as such that I separate my imports and my derivative files in two areas. I import using Lightroom, do minor edits, and move over to Photoshop and save them as tiffs in a separate Derivative folder. So I really have no need for the catalog or backups. So I know where everything is if I need to retrieve an archived photo.
When would I double click my catalog file? After I replace the hard drive? My catalog file is on my system hard drive C\:
Thank you kindly,
Obviously, I have made a wrong assumption. I'm afraid my advice was off target.
When you replace the hard drive with the new one, all that is necessary is that you duplicate the folder structure that was on the old one and make sure that the new hard drive has the same name or the letter designation. Then you can continue using the same catalog and keep all of your editing working intact. Deleting your catalog every year and starting over throws away all the work you've done to your original images. I don't know why you would ever want to do that.
Let me re-ask this question...I do not care about my initial Ligthroom edits. All mi care about is that I do not get an error, and cannot open Lightroom. after I switch drives. All I want to do is to seamlessly change drives without Lightroom complaining. I have built in redundancy with my workflow. I don't care care about Llightroom edits.
I have my dng files, and my tiff files backed up.
There is no sense trying to argue the point. You are using a workflow that doesn't fully take advantage of what Lightroom has to offer. But that doesn't matter in this case because you have a workflow that works for you. I certainly wouldn't want to work the way you are, but that's the nice thing about Lightroom. There is no "right" way.
I just wanted to thank you all for your help with my question.
Best regards to everyone on this thread