4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 12, 2018 2:48 PM by conimc

    Duplicate Catalogs?

    conimc

      Hi,

      In trying to clean up my computer, I noticed what I think are duplicate catalogs, But I'm afraid to delete anything without checking first with you experts out there. It looks like this:

      Lightroom 6 Catalog -2 Previews.lrdata

      Lightroom 6 Catalog -2 Smart Previews.lrdata

      Lightroom 6 Catalog Previews.lrdata

      Lightroom 6 Catalog -2.lrcat

      Lightroom 6 Catalog .lrcat

      Lightroom 6 Catalog.lrcat-journal

      Lightroom 6 Catalog.lrcat.lock

       

      Can anyone help me identify what's safe to delete? This folder represents 135 GB's !!

       

      Thank you so much,

      Connie

        • 1. Re: Duplicate Catalogs?
          99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          It looks like the current open catalog is Lightroom 6 Catalog .lrcat hence the lock file.

          What is catalog -2?

          When was it last launched?

          • 2. Re: Duplicate Catalogs?
            dj_paige Level 10

            conimc  wrote

             

            Hi,

            In trying to clean up my computer, I noticed what I think are duplicate catalogs, But I'm afraid to delete anything without checking first with you experts out there. It looks like this:

            Lightroom 6 Catalog -2 Previews.lrdata

            Lightroom 6 Catalog -2 Smart Previews.lrdata

            Lightroom 6 Catalog Previews.lrdata

            Lightroom 6 Catalog -2.lrcat

            Lightroom 6 Catalog .lrcat

            Lightroom 6 Catalog.lrcat-journal

            Lightroom 6 Catalog.lrcat.lock

             

            Can anyone help me identify what's safe to delete? This folder represents 135 GB's !!

            You (not total strangers here across the internet) have to look inside the catalogs to determine what is safe to delete. We cannot help you there. Only you can make that judgment. Be very very careful before you delete a catalog. To look inside the catalogs, you would use the Lightroom menu command File->Open Catalog.

             

            Instead of deleting the catalog file, you could move it to another disk, just in case it turns out you need it (and delete the previews folder associated with it).

             

            If you choose to delete a catalog, you can also delete the Previews of the same name.

            • 3. Re: Duplicate Catalogs?
              JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              The files with a -2 appended to the names is a standard Adobe procedure for renaming files when upgrades are conducted. Is there any chance that at some point you installed a trial version of Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic CC?

              • 4. Re: Duplicate Catalogs?
                conimc Level 1

                Wonderful! If I can't determine whether or not to delete it, moving it to another disk will save my bacon if it's wrong. Thank you Dj Page.  I do see now that  the -2.lrcat is what's being used in the version of Lr I'm using. So perhaps I would choose to move the other. I've never had trial versions, so it must be from an update as you indicated Jim, thank you for that. You guys are awesome!