3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 30, 2017 12:31 PM by MichelBParis

    Recovering a Catalog


      My computer, running Windows 7 and Photoshop Elements 11, hard drive has died.  I have purchased a new computer with Windows 10 and Photoshop Elements 15 installed.  All of my pictures are on an external drive, which is okay, and I thought the catalog was on the same external drive thus having a very easy transition to the new computer.  However I cannot find the latest catalog!  (The one that was on the external drive is an old one from when I migrated from Elements 8). So now I am guessing that many years ago I used a default path and put it on the PC's internal hard drive.  I did have the internal hard drive backed up on a second external drive using Windows backup but I cannot find the catalog there either (I am not sure of the path of the catalog).  I do have everything backed up on a third external drive using Photoshop Elements backup (a full backup and two incremental backups).  Is there a way that I can restore just the catalog since all of the images are okay?  Or is there a way to find out from the Elements backups, the path to the original catalog so that I might find it on the Windows backup file? 

        • 1. Re: Recovering a Catalog
          MichelBParis Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          It looks like your latest catalog was not on the external drive. It would be on the external drive only if you had either created a backup and restored in 'custom location' or moved the catalog folder manually from the Explorer.

          So, you should do a search for files named 'catalog.pse11db' from your backups. If you find several instances, check the latest one. You can copy or move the whole catalog folder (which contains the catalog.pse11db database file) where you want.

          Can you find such folders?

          • 2. Re: Recovering a Catalog
            Jha28 Level 1

            Actually I found the catalog (should have searched the forums first.  )  I restored the catalog to my external hard drive. I then went to the Organizer in PSE 15 and tried to Manage Catalogs so that I could convert it.  I selected custom location and pointed it to the folder.  The program would not recognize it as a floder with the catalog data.  So I copied the folder to ProgramData/Adobe/Elements Organizer/Catalogs where the default My Catalog is.  When I tried to do Manage Catalogs at that location it still would not recognize it.  I then renamed the My Catalog that was there and renamed my old catalog My Catalog and it still would not recognize it as a catalog folder.  Help!!

            • 3. Re: Recovering a Catalog
              MichelBParis Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Once you have found the catalog folder, you can't open it without converting it.

              So, you should use the catalog manager and use the 'convert' button and browse to the location of the catalog to convert. Is that what you tried to do?