Trying to recover deleted lightroom catalogues. It appears I have found them (with help of recovery software) but in recovery all of the names have been changed to random numbers. If I choose to recover, will the catalogues not open since the original names have been changed?
Catalog name is irrelevant as long as it ends with .LRCAT. Double-click on the file to open it.
And from now on, make regular and automated backups of your catalog file(s), preferably using the built-in Lightroom catalog backup function.
The name of a catalog doesn’t matter as long as the extension is .lrcat.
If they still won’t open, it’s likely that the recovery software wasn’t able to recover everything so the catalog data is corrupt.