After a scheduled back up of my LR catalog, the lrcat file appeared to be created in the zipped folder which has never happened before. I extracted it from the folder and pointed my Preferences to it (Default Catalog --> ‘When starting up use this catalog’ drop-down). However, when I try to open LR, system shows the message that reads:
“Lightroom cannot use the catalog named “Lightroom Classic CC catalog” because it is not writable and cannot be opened.”
Also, I tried to point Preferences to the lrcat file in the zipped folder (with no extraction), but outcome was the same.
I’ve been backing up my catalogs since LR v.5, but has never encountered this issue. Is creating a zip lrcat file normal? What do I have to do in order to point preferences and back up my catalog?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
The lrcat file appeared to be created in the zipped folder
This is the default function since Version 6 was introduced.
I tried to point Preferences to the lrcat file in the zipped folder
Not a Good move The working Catalog should not be in the Backup location, or much confusion can, and will happen.
not writable and cannot be opened.
This is either the ZIP file creating the message, or the folder location of your backups does not have full Read AND Write permissions.
The correct way to RESTORE a corrupt catalog is to Extract it from the ZIP folder and COPY it to the usual working location (in Pictures folder, or wherever you normally have your catalog.)
Please read the good advice from Lightroom Queen at- https://www.lightroomqueen.com/disaster-strikes-corrupted-catalog/#restore
This article was written before the ZIP folder backup was introduced, so include "extract form ZIP" in Step 2.-Find your catalog..
Thanks a lot for your quick response. You were right - for some reason the folder location in my backups had read-only permission. After I made it read-and-right and unzipped my lrcat file the application launched successfully pointing to the correct file.
Thanks a lot again.