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I'm getting this error message when I try to open an older catalogue. It's only from 2018. 

Any suggestions greatfully received. 

 

 

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The catalog has been created by a version of Lightroom that is too old to be used with this version

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I'm getting this error message when I try to open an older catalogue. It's only from 2018. 

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Please state the version NUMBER of your currently in use Lightroom. Go to Help->System Info and report the top 5 lines.

 

Please state the version number of Lightroom that created the catalog file you are trying to use (if known).

 

This error message indicates you at one time used a newer version of Lightroom, and your current version of Lightroom is older and cannot open the catalog.

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Mar 27, 2020

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Lightroom Classic version: 9.2 [ 202001311240-2d026470 ]
License: Creative Cloud
Language setting: en-GB
Operating system: Mac OS 10
Version: 10.15.4 [19E266]

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Mar 27, 2020

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I can't remember what version of Lightroom the other one was created in. I think I the last time I opened it was last year or the year before. I keep my CC up-to-date. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 26, 2020

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Can you show a screenshot of the error? Normally you would get a message telling you that the catalog needs to be upgraded because the current version is newer. I have never seen a message that says the catalog is too old to be upgraded. The opposite is possible, like dj_paige says.

-- Johan W. Elzenga, http://www.johanfoto.com

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Screenshot 2020-03-27 07.38.16.png

Here's a screenshot of the messsage. 

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I might be wrong, but to me the error message suggests you are trying to merge two catalogs by 'Import from another Catalog'.

You are not 'Opening' another catalog. (a slip of the mouse on the menu?)

The error 'Import from another Catalog' may show spurious reasons for the error, but some suggest that trying to import a catalog from a NAS or external drive causes the error- "cannot import from this catalog".

To 'Open' your 'old' 2018 catalog, close Lr, then [double-click] on the 2018 Catalog.LRCAT file to 'open' it.

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 9.4, Lightroom 3.4, Photoshop 2020 (21.2.1), Nikon DSLR, Windows-10.

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Thank you very much for trying to help.

 

I am trying to open the catalogue in another catalogue. I've also tried to open it separately on its own by double clicking the catalogue as you suggest, although the message on the other one isn't as helpful and this message. The catalogue is not on a server, it's on the same machine. 

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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So you have tried opening the 2018 catalog by a [Double-Click] on the .LRCAT file!

What is the error message you see when you do this?

What do you mean by "isn't as helpful"?

An 'old' catalog will most likely need to updated to work with v9.2 of Classic. Is that the message- it needs to upgrade?

Needing some clarity, but now off for the night hours in Oz!

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 9.4, Lightroom 3.4, Photoshop 2020 (21.2.1), Nikon DSLR, Windows-10.

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Mar 27, 2020

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Yes tried opening it. Here's the message. Not helpful as it just says 'not valid'.  Not even the upgrade message which is what I usually get, with the option to do so. 

Thank you so much for your help. It's much appreciated.

I'm not sure how to get an older version of LR. 

 

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It could be that the catalog is corrupt. Another possibility is that you haven't given Lightroom permission to access your desktop folder (that catalog is in a folder on the desktop).

 

catalinasecurity.png

-- Johan W. Elzenga, http://www.johanfoto.com

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Thanks Johan,  it looks like it does have permission. I've been doing a big clear up and have been putting others on there too, as well. I hope it isn't corrupt 😞 Perhaps I'll use another machine and downgrade LR and see if it can open it. 

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