cant get all the catalogs to load in LR4

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darwin36
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cant get all the catalogs to load in LR4
Mar 27, 2013

why do a have to select a catalog? . why dont all of them just load on start up?? they use to?

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In reply to darwin36, Mar 27, 2013

I'm not aware of LR ever being able to open more than one catalog at a time, but then I've never tried to do that.

But why would you want to open more than one at a time?  Come to that, why do you want more than one catalog?  Is it to separate business from private, or to separate different clients?

Unless you have a strong need to maintain bullet-proof firewalls between different areas of work, in general there's much more benefit from having a single catalog.

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In reply to Simon Garrett, Mar 28, 2013

Here is the scenario.
Before I ininstalled my new. Op drive I had all my back up catalogs with the picture on a different drive by defult I guess. I thought the back ups were the real file.( I don't understand the catalog system at all.) All I do know is before the clone and the moving over to new drive all my adjustments where there. And now I have to click on one the the back up files. I don't think I ever real know where the original catalog files really were. Its not that I want to load all these catalogs I just want all my picture adjustments to show up. If LR4 had me back up the real catalogs then where do I put them back to? I really don't think Im on the right track. I appreciate you need help.

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In reply to darwin36, Mar 29, 2013

darwin36 wrote:

Here is the scenario.
Before I ininstalled my new. Op drive I had all my back up catalogs with the picture on a different drive by defult I guess.

Those catalogs are backups. LR doesn't load them. It uses the normal catalog. If you want to know where that is google "default location for lightoom 4 catalog"

On PC it is normally C:\Users\[user name]\Pictures\Lightroom\ and the file is called Catalog.lrcat. The easiest thing to do is to copy just your most recent backup catalog to this location. Then go in to Lightroom and select to open a catalog (I think this is on the file menu - don't have LR to hand so working from memory). In the open catalog dialogue there should be a tick box for "make this catalog the default/always open this calaog". Tick that box and LR will automatically load that catalog when it starts.

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