- You were most Probably using Default Catalog which is located in Pictures>>Lightroom Folder Lightroomcatalog.lrcat
Open it and you will get back your Pictures
- If you saved your catalog on External drve
Open External drive and open your catalog
- As you opened all backup catalog..Lightroom will only show those in Open Recent
It is Recommended to keep Lightroom set to backup Weekly
Let us know if that helps
Thanks for your response, unfortunately, to my knowledge, your advice will not work for my situation, I am hoping I just am not understanding. When I go to My Pictures-LIGHTROOM folder - that is where my backups are - nothing else. I had not saved my work from 9/5/15 on my external hard drive yet at the stage where everything went bad for me. I sure am hoping I am just not understanding properly.
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Your working catalog from 9/5/15 should still be on one of your hard disks, wherever it was when the problem happened. Lightroom does not erase it or destroy it. Use your operating system to find all files whose name ends with .LRCAT and then open each one (double-click on it) until you find the one you want (it will probably have the date 9/5/15).
I had not saved my work from 9/5/15 on my external hard drive
Your work is saved automatically in Lightroom. Once you find and open this catalog file, your work will be there, and if you want you can export it as necessary.
When I go to My Pictures-LIGHTROOM folder - that is where my backups are
Backups should not be stored on the same disk as your working catalog. This is not a good idea. Backups must go on a different physical disk than the working catalog.
Thanks so much for your help. I did a search for lr.cat and i only got the backup files and files from 9/6/15 (and i did not do any backups on 9/6. Is is because i did a relaunch that i cannot find 9//5/15 catalog?
If you use a catalog at a later date, then the later date will show for the file.
I am sorry i am so hopeless, i truely appreaciate your help. I realize the catalog is stating that i was using it on 9/6 - but it is the backup file from 9/2 that I see.
THANK YOU!!!! I finally figured it all out!!!! Thanks for your help and patience.