5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 6, 2011 4:09 PM by web-weaver

    Lightroom won't open....


      I transferred a few years worth of photos to an external drive in order to make room for new photos. Now my Lightroom won't open at all. I shot a wedding two weeks ago and would like to be able to work in LR so I can give the bride a little peek at what she has to look forward to when I'm done processing her wedding photos. It's my first wedding shoot and I really want to impress.

      Whenever i try to open my Lightroom, a dialogue box pops up that says:


      Adobe Photoshop Lightroom-Select Catalog

      Select a recent catalogue to open.

      It gives me the option to choose a different cataloge or to create a new catalogue but when I try a window pops up sayng Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 64-bit has stopped working. Close program.


      I don't know what to do. Can someone please advise?

      Thank you....

        • 1. Re: Lightroom won't open....
          web-weaver Level 5

          One possibility is that you moved the catalog when you transferred your photos to the external drive. Or you moved it by other means.

          The messages that you get are an indication that LR doesn't find the catalog it used to work with.

          You have to find the catalog LR worked with when it last opened.

          The catalog is a file with the ending <.lrcat>.

          See here where it is normally found in various OS: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/843/cpsid_84313.html

          When you find this file double-click it and LR should open with it.


          • 2. Re: Lightroom won't open....
            WhateverAXsTwo Level 1

            Thank you so much for replying. I have looked into my external drive and found a few folders which are Adobe folders. They include some CS4  (InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, etc.)and Lightroom folders. I opened them to see what's in there and it appears that one of them contain the <lrcat> file. Instead of going through all the folders, I was thinking that I should just drag each folder out of the external drive and just drop them back into the My Pictures folder on my computer. Will that make my Lightroom accessible to me again?

            • 3. Re: Lightroom won't open....
              WhateverAXsTwo Level 1

              You have done an awesome job!! I am now back into my program and happily processing new photos. It's great to be a part of such a knowledgable and helpful community.  I look forward to all future discussions and i am sure there will be many.

              Again, thank you so much.

              • 4. Re: Lightroom won't open....
                Laura Rowe

                Thank you for this helpful information! I ran into the same problem and realized I had deleted the catalog when I moved files out of lightroom.


                Now, however, Lightroom is saying that the catalog is corrupted, and that it is unable to be read. I have tried clicking "repair" but it keeps telling me it won't work and the file can't be found. Any suggestions?

                • 5. Re: Lightroom won't open....
                  web-weaver Level 5


                  Have you looked in your Recycle Bin / Trash Bin? You probably know that "deleted" files can sit for a long time in the Recycle Bin / Trash Bin until the Bin gets emptied.

                  If it's still there restore it and double-click it after  restoring it.