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Unexpected Error Opening Catalog when launching Lightroom Classic on Windows

New Here ,
Jul 07, 2021 Jul 07, 2021

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I have a pop-up with an "unexpected error opening catalog". How do I fix this?

 

 

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LEGEND , Jul 07, 2021 Jul 07, 2021
Have your operating system search all disk(s) for all files whose name ends with .LRCAT.ZIP (might be lower case). Unzip the file, and then make a copy and follow the instructions above.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 07, 2021 Jul 07, 2021

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Hi,

 

We're sorry about the trouble with Lightroom Classic. Would you telling us which version of Lightroom Classic are you using? Is your catalog saved on an external drive? If yes, try moving the catalog to your computers local drive & check if you're able to open it.

 

You can also check out the steps suggested here: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/kb/error---unexpected-error-opening-catalog--occurs-in-lig...

 

Let us know how it goes!

Regards,

Nikunj

 

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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 07, 2021

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I’m using 10.3

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LEGEND ,
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This usually indicates your catalog file is somehow corrupted, and that perhaps you also have a hard disk malfunction.

 

Find a recent backup of your catalog file, make a COPY of the recent backup (do NOT move the recent backup), and paste the copy into a brand new empty folder. Double-click on it to see if it will open. If that doesn't work, make another COPY of the recent backup and paste it into a brand new empty folder on a different disk and double-click on it to see if it will open.

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New Here ,
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So what if that doesn't work? What do I do?

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LEGEND ,
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Try it. Tell us what happens.

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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 07, 2021

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I can't find the recent back up

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Have your operating system search all disk(s) for all files whose name ends with .LRCAT.ZIP (might be lower case). Unzip the file, and then make a copy and follow the instructions above.

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Do you actively make backups?

or, are you assuming backups are created?

 

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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 07, 2021

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I figured it out!! Thanks everyone

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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 07, 2021

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Please share how you able to sort out the problem you were experiencing.

 

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.6, LrC 10.4, Lr 4.4, Ps 22.5,; Camera OM-D E-M1.

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I did what Dj_paige said to do in the comments above

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