Recovering and restoring your catalog

Say the unfortunate does happen. The first thing you may want to try before you break out your backup disk is to recover the catalog. If that doesn't work, you can restore the catalog by using your backup copy.

Using the Recover command

If you launch Album and you get a nasty message that says you have a problem with your catalog, don't call your computer the first foul word that pops into your head. At least not yet. Your catalog could have been damaged by a power outage or some other technical gremlin, but is possibly still salvageable. The Recover command tries its best to repair the catalog. As a bonus, the command also removes any unused space, thereby getting your catalog lean and mean.

Here's how to recover and repair a catalog:

1. Choose FileOCatalog.

2. Click the Recover button in the Catalog dialog box.

The Recover Catalog dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 7-8.

If the catalog was recovered and repaired successfully, a dialog box appears, also shown in Figure 7-8.

If you get another nasty message instead, you might want to proceed to the next section.

Figure 7-8:

Use the Recover command to repair a damaged catalog.

Figure 7-8:

Use the Recover command to repair a damaged catalog.

Restoring your catalog

If your catalog couldn't be recovered, you need to restore it instead. You may also want to restore your catalog to a previously saved version if you inadvertently deleted some files or did something equally as irritating. And finally, you also can use the Restore command to move your catalog and files to another computer. The Restore command installs the backup copy of your catalog, along with all the associated, linked files — photos, video clips and audio clips.

Follow these steps to restore your catalog and all its files:

1. Insert your backup media (CD, DVD, or other external media).

If you had to back up your catalog and files onto more than one disk, Album prompts you to insert the additional disk(s). Just follow the instructions on-screen. If you made your backup to an external hard drive, make sure it is connected to your computer.

2. Choose FileORestore.

The Restore dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 7-9.

3. Choose Restore from CD or DVD or Restore from hard disk or other storage volume.

4. Select the backup copy of your catalog in the list and click the Restore button.

Your backup is installed, and your catalog is restored and back to normal.

Figure 7-9:

Restore your catalog from your backup copy if things have gone awry.

Figure 7-9:

Restore your catalog from your backup copy if things have gone awry.

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