4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 15, 2016 5:25 PM by barbmo

    Catalog/keywords on different computer

    barbmo Level 1

      I just started using Lightroom recently.  I first had it on my laptop while my desktop was in for upgrades.  My catalog and pictures are all on an external drive.  So now I want to use my desktop now that it's back and wasn't sure how to go about this. I first tried to open the catalog that I had been using from the external drive but my pictures never came into LR.  I then thought that I was supposed to import the pictures into a catalog.  So I have pictures on a different catalog but my keywords didn't follow through.  So then I tried importing my keyword list.  The list seems to have lost some of the hierarchies that I had set up and the people aren't identified as people. 


      I've read through other discussions and help files but I'm at a loss.  It's not a big deal to re-import everything but the main reason I wanted to use LR was for the key-wording capabilities.  I'm not looking forward to redoing all of that.   Thanks for any advice!

        • 1. Re: Catalog/keywords on different computer
          WobertC Adobe Community Professional

          I think the answer is to-


          Plug the external drive into the desktop,  (the drive with both catalog and photos)

          Use Finder/Explorer to locate the catalog (xxxx.LRCAT) file on the external drive.

          Double click the xxxx.LRCAT file.


          This should open Lightroom with your catalog intact and complete.


          If you find that images are 'missing' [!]  or folders are 'missing' [?], then seek further advice.

          Do NOT re-import anything, that is not the way to re-connect your catalog and photos.

          • 2. Re: Catalog/keywords on different computer
            barbmo Level 1

            Thanks for your reply.  I get the following message: 


            "Lightroom cannot use the catalog named "Barb's Pics" because it is not writable and cannot be opened.  This could be caused by incorrect permissions or because another Lightroom application is using the catalog.  You may try to correct the problem or you may select a different catalog."


            Any other suggestions?  Thank you once again for your efforts!


            • 3. Re: Catalog/keywords on different computer
              ManiacJoe Adobe Community Professional

              OK, so you used Finder or Explorer to verify that you have READ and WRITE access to the folder on the external drive that the catalog is in, right?

              • 4. Re: Catalog/keywords on different computer
                barbmo Level 1

                Yes I do have READ/WRITE access.  Checking around between the laptop/desktop and have discovered that I was using the wrong lrcat file.  I was using from the latest backup.  I copied the file I should have used from the laptop to the desktop and then started over and was able to retrieve my keywording.  I have to find missing folders but all is well, much less work than re-keywording  Thank you for your help!