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Lightroom forced update to catalog, now 3 years are missing


New Member
May 26, 2020
Lightroom Version
Operating System
  1. Windows 10
Hey folks,
I'm a bit of a novice to how LR catalogs stuff, but, today, LR forced me to Upgrade my catalog...upon doing so, the most recent photo is 3 years old. Not sure why they want to give me a panic attack, but, thanks LR. So, the new catalog is named "Catalog 4". I tried finding the last catalog "Catalog 3-2" and open it as it was last modified yesterday, however, the same thing happens when I open it. I could really use some help to:
a) Get things back to where they were before this happened.
b) Any advice to know if this is something I am doing wrong to warrant ~100k photos to not show up when they force a catalog update.

Thanks, Jeff
Sep 29, 2007
Isle of Wight, UK
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Cloud Service
Hi jpm5150, welcome to the forum!

If you didn't install a Lightroom update yesterday, then most likely Lightroom's just found the wrong catalog. Search your computer for *.lrcat files and look for the last modified dates. Often this happens when someone's been working on a catalog hidden in a backup folder or on an external drive that's changed drive letter. It's just a case of finding the right catalog, don't worry.