I have hit the end of my rope with a 4.5Gb and 249,000-item catalog that chronically crashes. I have tried LR repairs, SQlite repair tools, importing from that catalog to another, accessing a copy from another user account (on my Mac), moving the catalog, deleting the previews, everything.
It is just cashed out. I get a ten second window to do something other than generate previews. The only thing I can do without crashing this catalog is export or save metadata. I have both RAW files and scanned TIFFs/JPGs. How do I get as much as possible into a new "add in place" catalog? Is there a guide to this? I would like to move:
- Exposure adjustments
- Face detection (even if just zones)
- Flags and color codes
If plugging into a Windows machine, accessing the same catalog, and exporting as a catalog would do it, I can try that. But I suspect I will still lose a ton of metadata and changes that way.
I am not afraid of using plugins or doing transformations on XML. I am primarily frustrated because there is no documentation telling me what is where (catalog? sidecar? file metadata?). I would think that a sidecar should be everything. But the program does not seem to be setup that way.
And so far it has been taking days to find out what won't work.