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Lightroom Classic Catalog empty on laptop but not on desktop

New Here ,
Jan 02, 2023 Jan 02, 2023

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I edit my images on my desktop but I also want to edit my images on my laptop in the same catalog. So I have my catalog and images saved on a External SSD, when connected to my desktop everything is fine when I open the catalog alle the images and edits are there. When I plug in the External SSD in my laptop and op the catalog is tells me its empty. What is going wrong?

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Community Expert , Jan 02, 2023 Jan 02, 2023
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I'm 100% sure I open the right catalog file, because when I open the same in the desktop it works and I can see it at the date. 


By @Bas_Leroy

 

That does not mean anything. On your desktop, Lightroom will open the catalog from the external disk. But that does not prove that on the laptop Lightroom also opens that same catalog. Most likely it opens a new catalog, located on your internal hard disk. That catalog was automaticay created when you started Lightroom one day before the catalog on th

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Jan 02, 2023 Jan 02, 2023

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Probably, you are opening the wrong catalog file.

 

When the external SSD is plugged into your laptop, find the correct catalog file in your Windows Explorer, and then double-click on it to open it. Once that works properly on the laptop, go into Lightroom Classic Preferences/General and set the option "When starting up use this catalog" to always open this catalog, by name.

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I'm 100% sure I open the right catalog file, because when I open the same in the desktop it works and I can see it at the date. 

Now I noticed when I open a backup file it works, but this is not my latest edits. Now it is for example from yesterday.

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I'm 100% sure I open the right catalog file, because when I open the same in the desktop it works and I can see it at the date. 


By @Bas_Leroy

 

That does not mean anything. On your desktop, Lightroom will open the catalog from the external disk. But that does not prove that on the laptop Lightroom also opens that same catalog. Most likely it opens a new catalog, located on your internal hard disk. That catalog was automaticay created when you started Lightroom one day before the catalog on the external drive was available.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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But I'm opening the .lrcat file form the explorer, from the external harddrive but

doesn't seem to make difference.

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Well, all I can say is that there is no way that the same catalog can be empty when opened in Lightroom on one computer and not empty when opened in Lightroom on another computer. That is simply not possible. So either there is more than one catalog on that external hard drive and you picked the wrong one, or something is very wrong on your laptop. You could try to reset the preferences on the laptop, although I doubt that will solve it: https://www.lightroomqueen.com/how-do-i-reset-lightrooms-preferences/

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Okay, I dont know how but its working now. thanks

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Probably LrC on your laptop has created a new Catalog since it did not locate the external drive. Try the following close LrC on the laptop and then using explorer open the external drive and locate your main Catalog file there. The Catalog file will have an extension on ding .lrcat (LRCAT), double.click the Catalog file and that should boot LrC with the correct Catalog.

 

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.7.6 BigSur,; LrC 12.3, Lr 6.3.1 Ps 24.4.1,; ACR 15.3,; Camera OM-D E-M1

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I'm already opening the .lrcat file form the explorer doesn't seem to make difference.

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