4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 20, 2018 7:01 PM by heathert52382913

    Lost catalogue with new lightroom


      I am not well versed with adobe, but when the switch happened to the new lightroom, it says my catalogue cannot be found. Is it not possible to use the old version of lightroom that took me two years to learn? Where can I find my lost catalogue? I had started editing folders and had hundreds of presets and everything is missing, I cannot open the old version, only the version that was the same as the app I've had on my phone. Any tips here appreciated. I can't find any of my photos to continue editing and at a loss. So bummed about this.

        • 1. Re: Lost catalogue with new lightroom
          Victoria Bampton LR Queen Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Hi Heather. Yes, you can use the old version of Lightroom, or Lightroom Classic is the latest version of the "old version of Lightroom" which looks basically the same but hopefully a bit faster with a couple of extra features.


          Tell us what you can see right now and exactly what happens. Which OS are you using?


          All we need to do is find your catalog. You can search your computer - it'll have a *.lrcat extension.


          My best guess is your catalog was stored on an external drive that's not connected now, or that's changed drive letters. Does that ring a bell?

          • 2. Re: Lost catalogue with new lightroom
            heathert52382913 Level 1


            I searched for that extension and nothing came up. The photo shop version is all different now too. Is there a way to get the older one back ? I still don't know where to find the old catalogue for light room. DO I select import and then search? I wish a rep could come to my house and give me a lesson one on one. I'd pay so much to ask the questions I want to know!!!!

            • 3. Re: Lost catalogue with new lightroom
              Victoria Bampton LR Queen Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Yes, you can go back. In the Creative Cloud app, if you click the arrow to the right of the Open button and it'll say Other Versions. That's where you'd click to install older ones.


              That won't help get your catalog back though. The question is where did you store it. Don't go to import and then search. Just use your operating system search for look for the files. That's Windows Search on Windows, or Spotlight on Mac.  When you find the catalog, then you just double click on it to open it into Lightroom.


              Don't suppose you usually have an external drive plugged in? That's a likely suspect, if you have deleted files from your computer.


              There are people who do one on one training, although it's not free. I do training online over screensharing, but I'm tied up writing at the moment. Laura Shoe and Rikk Flohr are another couple of experienced teachers who spring to mind.