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Numerous catalogs-why and can they be deleted?

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I keep my catalog on an external drive.  Why does it have Catalog 2, Catalog 3, Catalog 3-2 and Catalog 3-3.  I have a bit of a mess now.  I did a great deal of culling in Catalog 3-2 thinking this my more recent catalog.  Was not paying attention when I launched LR and opened 3-3 and did some editing work on a handful of images.  Since 3-2 represents hours upon days of culling work, I want to keep that one.  I would love to grab the XMP file for a couple of images out of 3-3 but if that isn't doable then so be it.  Can I delete 3-3 and all the others?

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Numerous catalogs-why and can they be deleted?

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I keep my catalog on an external drive.  Why does it have Catalog 2, Catalog 3, Catalog 3-2 and Catalog 3-3.  I have a bit of a mess now.  I did a great deal of culling in Catalog 3-2 thinking this my more recent catalog.  Was not paying attention when I launched LR and opened 3-3 and did some editing work on a handful of images.  Since 3-2 represents hours upon days of culling work, I want to keep that one.  I would love to grab the XMP file for a couple of images out of 3-3 but if that isn't doable then so be it.  Can I delete 3-3 and all the others?

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No one sitting here on the other side of the internet can tell you if you should delete certain catalog files. We don't know what is in your catalog files.

 

You need to look at each catalog and decide if you can delete it, or not.

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Thank you for the reply.  I should have asked a better question.  Perhaps someone can explain why there are different catalogs...I did not create new ones.  Are these from software upgrades?  Do they link somehow?

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Major updates to the application require updating the catalog file. Lightroom automatically duplicates your catalog file and appends it with the hyphenated number. You can delete the older catalogs, but I recommend making a backup of your current catalog before you do.

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Thanks Theresa...this is what I had thought and hoped was true.  I will make a backup or 2 before I delete just to be sure.  

Kim

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If you want 3-2 to be your master catalog, you can open that one and do a "import from catalog" to pull the newer files from 3-3 into it. (Make a backup of 3-2 before starting anything.)

 

When you are done, you might want to give the catalog(s) better names than "catalog 3-2".

 

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Thanks for the tip...there were only a handful of images so I imported those and will delete the other catalogs.  Yes, a better name would be good.  

Thanks for your help.

Kim

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