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Lightroom catalog completely missing after CC Classic upgrade

Community Beginner ,
Oct 21, 2017 Oct 21, 2017

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Hello, I performed the Lightroom CC Classic upgrade, and when it asked to upgrade the catalog, of course I clicked yes. Now the program opens, and there are zero photos in the catalog. I can navigate to only two ircat files now, and they are both brand new files with zero images. My original catalogs are gone! ????

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Community Expert , Oct 22, 2017 Oct 22, 2017

In the Lightroom catalog that does open (even if empty)- can you go {Menu > File > Open Recent}

What do you see?

Have you searched the computer for catalog files that have the file-type of  .LRCAT  ?

If your working catalog (or catalogs) have really totally disappeared then you will have to restore from your most recent Catalog backup.

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/disaster-strikes-corrupted-catalog/#restore

Note; Recent versions of Lightroom make Catalog backups in .ZIP files, so you would need to

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Oct 22, 2017 Oct 22, 2017

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In the Lightroom catalog that does open (even if empty)- can you go {Menu > File > Open Recent}

What do you see?

Have you searched the computer for catalog files that have the file-type of  .LRCAT  ?

If your working catalog (or catalogs) have really totally disappeared then you will have to restore from your most recent Catalog backup.

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/disaster-strikes-corrupted-catalog/#restore

Note; Recent versions of Lightroom make Catalog backups in .ZIP files, so you would need to extract the .LRCAT catalog from the .ZIP file.

Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.2 Photoshop 25.5, ACR 16.2, Lightroom 7.2, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.0.2, Windows-11.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 22, 2017 Oct 22, 2017

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I had to restore from an older catalog. Unfortunately, my laziness in backing up resulted in using a backup that's several months old. Lesson learned, thanks for the link/help.

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New Here ,
Jan 03, 2021 Jan 03, 2021

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I have the identical problem! I used file browser for .lrcat and only returned old catalogs. I can't find the place of my backups. 

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Community Expert ,
Jan 04, 2021 Jan 04, 2021

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If you do not know where your backups are going, then I suggest you look in the Folder that has the Catalog .LRCAT file. The default location for Catalog backups is in a sub-folder called "Backups"

You should instead be directing your Catalog backups to another physical hard drive by setting this location from the [Choose] button in the Backup dialog!

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Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.2 Photoshop 25.5, ACR 16.2, Lightroom 7.2, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.0.2, Windows-11.

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Worked. Thank 

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