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How to open Lightroom with a backup

LaurelP

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Please bear with me because it's hard to ask for specific help when I don't really understand what happened. As best I can figure what happened:

I was trying everything I could think of to recover extra space on my computer, including deleting old Time Machine backups, and I decided to delete old Lightroom backups too. When I next launched LR, I got an error message about the catalog -- I wish I had stopped and written down the message I got and what exactly I responded. As I understood it I was telling LR to go ahead and open the Catalog with an older version of something. The result is that I now have a catalog missing about an entire year of photos.....thousands of them since last August don't appear.

When I look in my Pictures folder (screenshot below), I see a backup from 8/5/17 which I think means I could launch LR with that backup and I will only have to re-import a couple of weeks of photos, is that right?

I sure will appreciate some help in doing this right. Thanks in advance.

Screen Shot 2017-08-19 at 6.26.41 PM.png
 
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Victoria has an informative page about restoring from a backup in the link below- Read fully.
Although "Corruption" is not your exact situation, the information is still relevant for restoring your catalog.

Disaster strikes - a corrupted catalog! | The Lightroom Queen

But looking at your screen clip, this is what I see-
1. Your currently open catalog is the Lightroom Catalog.lrcat that is dated "Today, 6:26PM" (66.6MB) but it is much smaller than the Backup version.
2. I believe your Backup "Lightroom Catalog 2.lrcat" (295.4MB) in the folder "2017-8-5 2139" is the backup you want to restore.
3. It appears you may have tried the Unzip process twice as you have a 'Catalog 2' and a 'Catalog 2 2' within the Backup folder. (They would be identical except for the name)
 

LaurelP

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Thank you so very much. I knew I shouldn't panic because I figured it wouldn't be incredibly difficult if I just knew how to do it--and now I do. Thank you thank you! Cheers, Laurel
 
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