Your Catalog Has Gone South

Problem: You attempt to open your catalog and get a message that there is a problem with your catalog or that your catalog is corrupted.

Possible cure: Best-case scenario, your catalog could have been partially damaged by a power outage or other kind of computer hiccup, but may still be recoverable. Worst-case scenario, your catalog is dead and unrecoverable.

^ First, try using the Recover command to see if it can repair the catalog. Choose FileOCatalog, click the Recover button, shown in Figure 21-2, and then click OK. If the catalog was recovered and fixed successfully, Album will let you know.

^ If recovering fails, you need to restore your catalog. That's assuming, however, that you made a backup of your catalog. If you were the ever-diligent Album user and you backed up your catalog, all you need to do is insert your backup media, choose FileORestore, choose the media (or other storage volume) and select the backup copy of the catalog. Click the Restore button, and you're home free.

^ No backup copy, you say? As painful as it may be, your only option is to create a new catalog and re-import your files:

Try to recover or restore your catalog if it is damaged.

For details on recovering, restoring, creating new catalogs and most importantly, making catalog backups, see Chapter 7.

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