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Repair of corrupted catalogs

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That one trips lots of people up. It might help to have a read of the Quick Start eBook, which you'll find under the Downloads tab on the menu, as that'll pad out your understanding a bit.
 
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I have a catalog that I sent via your earlier instructions. Repaired, sqlite3 with stat4 line errors and a ZERO byte .lrcat output from the process. I sent it to you hopeful you can recover the catalog for me. I haven't backed up since LR asked me to upgrade the catalog where it creates a copy, probably a couple months or more. :(
 
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Got it. I've forwarded it on to my contact at Adobe, but it doesn't look promising I'm afraid.
 
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Thank you so much, it is what it is. I've realized that I'll probably have to live with the loss. Attention now on preparedness, starting a New Catalog based on recently acquired knowledge, more frequent backups. Can't let this happen again. :D
 
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That wasn't recoverable, sorry smcbsme
 

bverdoorn7

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Hello,
New member here. Having a similar problem to what others have mentioned in this thread. Trying to open my catalog and getting a "The Lightroom catalog named...can not be opened because it is not valid." error message. When I look in backups folder there are several backup folders with date/time but no actual .lrcat files in the backup folders, so I am not able to open one of those. Can anyone help me recover my catalog?
Thank you in advance!
Best,
Brandon
 
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Hello,
New member here. Having a similar problem to what others have mentioned in this thread. Trying to open my catalog and getting a "The Lightroom catalog named...can not be opened because it is not valid." error message. When I look in backups folder there are several backup folders with date/time but no actual .lrcat files in the backup folders, so I am not able to open one of those. Can anyone help me recover my catalog?
Thank you in advance!
Best,
Brandon
What version of Lightroom are you using? Later versions of Lightroom automatically compresses the catalog backup, so in those time-stamped backup folders should be a ".zip" file. Unzip that file to access the ".lrcat" catalog backup.
 

bverdoorn7

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Thank you Jim - was able to get a fairly recent backup that way so have pretty minimal lost work. Much appreciated!
Brandon
 
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