…The preference is set to read to camera raw database and not .xmp…
One of the co-authors of THE book on Camera Raw referred to that practice as lunacy. The original post in this thread illustrates one of the reasons why.
Personally I think littering up the disk with extra .xmp files has downsides too, which for me at least outweigh problems that might be encountered with using the separate database. I have never had a problem with my separate Photsohop Camera Raw database.
I'm very glad to have the option to save the settings in a common database. I sincerely hope Adobe does not eliminate the option in a future release.
From the sound of the above posts, folks seem to be treating the location/file where the data is stored as some kind of mystery... Why? On Windows the file is named Database (with no filename extension) and is found in these folders (depending on what OS you're running):
Vista and Windows 7:
(paste the above path into the address bar of Windows Explorer)
For example for me this works out to be:
C:\Documents and Settings\NoelC\Application Data\Adobe\CameraRaw\Database
Database is just a file, and can be backed up, restored, copied from one computer to another, etc. just like any other file. Windows 7 Backup, I believe, backs up all the files under the user profile in its default backup configuration.
Since I got several BSOD a day I had to format the harddrive, so I'm guessing that my database is long gone. Shame that I didnt find this information earlier. Thanks anyway.
You didn't save a backup? May I recommend you start doing backups. External USB MyBook drives with multi-terabyte capacity are INCREDIBLY inexpensive. You should look into it.
I was easily fooled that RAW file database was saved in the file instead of on the computer.
But I have learned my lessons and will do backups from now on.
When you save the metadata to xmp files in distributed folders, the xmp files travel along transparently every time you move or copy the files to a different location or to a different volume in Bridge. Otherwise, you have to remember to export the metadata every single time. That's sheer lunacy.