Recently, my Windows machine died. I had all of my raw photos backed up onto separate hard drives and had backed up my LR catalog files onto two different drives as well. I decided that with all of my problems with Win machines, I would finally take the leap to Mac for my desktop. It is a Mac Pro if that matters.
Anyway, I was able to download a fresh copy of LR (1.4) using my current license, but I can't seem to get LR to recognize my catalog. I have copied all of the backup files onto the new machine, as well as the LR Cat and LR preview files. When I open LR, and click "open catalog", a popup says that LR needs to re-launch with the new catalog. After a minute or so, only the info bar comes up at the top of the screen, but the program is not visible. It also shows as open in the dock, but no amount of clicking will allow the actual application to show up.
Has anyone else had this problem? I have checked through the forums, but haven't found any references to it. I suppose that I could re-import everything, but all I have is the raw files that were not in very good order as it is. I would then have to go through the process of re-keywording, re-labeling and the like with 25000+ images- a task I DO NOT relish having to do.
I can only hope that if I can get LR to recognize the catalog, that it will then be able to preserve all of the work I have already done to all of the files in the catalog, whether it is the aforementioned keywording etc., or, more importantly, all of the work that has been done to individual files.
If anyone can possibly help me, I would be eternally grateful!