I am having a recurring issue that is driving me nuts. I have used Lightroom for years with no issues, but have had this same problem pop up constantly for the past two months.
I am a wedding photographer and create a new catalog for each new wedding I shoot, and those catalogs (and RAW files) are saved on an external harddrive. Recently, though, when I go to open one of them, I'll sometimes get a, "Unexpected error opening catalog."
The previous LR experience was not a forced shutdown, the harddrive has not come unplugged, etc.
I found previously that if I copied + renamed or copied + moved the catalog, I could re-open it. Now, however, I'm not able to open this particular catalog at all, despite my best efforts.
I have two questions, here:
-Why does this keep happening? I have not changed my workflow at all and it has just started recently
-Is there a way to open this current catalog?
Please tell us your OS as well as the exact version of Lightroom you're using.
Hi! I'm running OS X El Capitan, version 10.11.4.
I'm using version 5.7 of Lightroom-- it says there are "no updates available" when I check to see if a newer version is available within LR.
Correction: just realized there's a LR 5.7.1, which I have since updated and installed. No change.