8 Replies Latest reply on Sep 18, 2018 11:12 AM by Laura Shoe

    moving Working Photo Library

    joev66051531 Level 1

      Hi,

       

      I recently had to restore my Working Photo Library Import-2.lrcat from a back up. All is fine except for the location of the new Working Photo Library Import-2.lrcat.

       

      I need to move it. I have not been able to find instructions on the proper way of moving this out of my lightroom back up folders to a different location on my harddrive. Could someone please point me in the correct direction?

       

      Thank you.

        • 1. Re: moving Working Photo Library
          dj_paige Level 10

          You want to move the catalog (.LRCAT) file?

           

          Use your operating system, create a brand new folder wherever you want the catalog file to be, then COPY (not move) the backup into this folder. Double-click on it to open it in Lightroom.

          • 2. Re: moving Working Photo Library
            Just Shoot Me Adobe Community Professional

            And once that is done as described above open the LR Preferences, on the General tab, and make sure you have either Load most recent catalog or you point LR to the actual PATH to where you copied the catalog file in the Default Catalog section "When starting up use this catalog".

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            • 3. Re: moving Working Photo Library
              joev66051531 Level 1

              All of the files or just the LR file? Thank you.

               

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              • 4. Re: moving Working Photo Library
                Just Shoot Me Adobe Community Professional

                You can create a folder on any drive physically connected directly to your computer and Copy the LR Catalog, the one ending in LRCAT (lrcat) file into it using the File Manager for the OS you are using. You can also copy all those other folder and or files in that directory into the new folder you want the catalog to be in. If you don't copy those other folders/files then LR will recreate them in that new folder you created.

                 

                Then Double Click on the LRCAT file and LR will open with that catalog. Then follow the step I wrote about in my previous post to POINT LR to always use that catalog.

                • 5. Re: moving Working Photo Library
                  dj_paige Level 10

                  joev66051531  wrote

                   

                  All of the files or just the LR file? Thank you.

                   

                  Screen Shot 2018-09-18 at 5.25.04 AM.png

                   

                  I said you move the .LRCAT file.

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                  • 6. Re: moving Working Photo Library
                    joev66051531 Level 1

                    It worked. THank you .

                    • 7. Re: moving Working Photo Library
                      dj_paige Level 10

                      joev66051531

                       

                      I add that if it works after the move, then you should delete the previews folder in the OLD location to save space.

                      • 8. Re: moving Working Photo Library
                        Laura Shoe Adobe Community Professional

                        For future Lightroom users with this issue, once you determine that a backup catalog will work for you*, then here's what I recommend:

                        - Close LR.

                        - Go to your main catalog .lrcat file (that is corrupted). If you have never moved your catalog, then it's in Pictures>Lightroom, and should be the most recently modified one. Rename this file (for example, add "corrupted" to the name, before the .lrcat extension).

                        - Copy the backup .lrcat file into the same location as your main catalog. (For anyone wondering why I recommend this route, it enables you to continue using the old Previews file. If the user has missing files, LR wouldn't otherwise be able to rebuild the previews. Seeing previews helps understand what photos are missing, and sometimes files have been accidentally deleted and previews represent the only chance for recovering any form of the images.)

                        - Double-click on this .lrcat file to launch LR with it.

                        - As @Just Shoot Me says, go into Edit (PC) or Lightroom (Mac)>Preferences, and on the General tab under default catalog, click on the dropdown and choose the first one that lists the full file path.

                         

                        *To determine whether a backup will work, go into your Backups folder (usually in Pictures>Lightroom), and double-click on the most recent date/time folder to open it. Double-click on the .zip file to unzip it, and then double-click on the .lrcat file to launch Lightroom with the backup. If it launches successfully, then go through the process above.