Lightroom Catalog Backup Problem

Community Beginner ,
Feb 13, 2022 Feb 13, 2022

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Hi. Can anyone please give me any advice? I am trying to restore backups of my old Lightroom Catalog files, everytime I double click the .zip file it creates a .zip.cpio file

 

I've also restored a couple more catalogs and they unzipped without any problems. I've gone through my archives and tried restoring backups going back over the last 5 years and get the same problem.

 

Can anyone help?

 

Thanks, Phil

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LEGEND ,
Feb 13, 2022 Feb 13, 2022

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What software is associated with .zip files on your computer?

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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Thanks for your help. Archive Utility is the default software, I was thinking of downloading another programme to try. I have five Catalogs as my Lightroom file was getting too big. After a problem with CCleaner which deleted Lightroom and my Catalogs I used my backup catalogs. Three of them unzipped without any problems and work fine, but two do not.

 

I'll try and download some other software, thanks again. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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Copy the zip to an USB stick or similar and ask someone else to extract it. 

If you use an older version, specially if from an unzipped backup, which must be very old, you lose all your work done.

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As dj already suspected, it looks as if something is wrong with your zip-/un-zipper tool.

If you unzip the backup, you should then find an *.lrcat file (and more).

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Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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Thanks for your feedback. It unzipped 3 out of 5 Catalogs which work fine, one really important catalog wont unzip. I'll try didderent software. Thanks for your help.

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LEGEND ,
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Maybe you need to set an option differently in this Archive Utility program.

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Thanks, I've tried that but no joy.

 

I've just found a much older version of a .lcrat backup which isn't compressed, if it works will be a good start!

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LEGEND ,
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Thanks, I've tried that but no joy.

 


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If your software is producing .cpio files, there almost certainly are options to produce other types of files. And if not, the software is useless.

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