Lightroom Classic: A specific Catalog keeps crashing. Was working for over a week, all other catalogs working fine.

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I have a catalog of about 1200 photos that was working for about a week. I had already completed quite a bit of work, editing around 300 photos and rating all 1200. However, each time I open the catalog now, it crashes within 2 minutes of opening after loading correctly with all of my images and work visible. All other catalogs are working fine without any crashes. I have not moved the files for the catalog in question, and the files seem to be fine otherwise. I am very hesitant to make a new catalog and start over since I will probably lose about 15 hours of work. Please let me know if you have any tips. 
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Danielle Gendron

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Cletus Lee

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Try these thing one at a time until you are able to open you catalog without it crashing.
1. Disable or uninstall all 3 rd party plugins.
2.. Rename or remove your preferences file forcing LR to create a new one when it starts
3. Export all of your image as a NEW catalog file which will leave behind any detritus.
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Danielle Gendron

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Thanks, I will give these a try.
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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That catalog seems to be corrupted. What you could try is this: Create a new catalog, then choose 'File - Import from Another Catalog' and import the corrupted catalog. That should bring over all your work into the new catalog (fingers crossed that the import process doesn't crash Lightroom as well).
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Danielle Gendron

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Unfortunately, when I try this, it states that the catalog is not a valid lightroom catalog. And when I try to open the catalog in an older version of lightroom, it says the catalog is too new and cannot be opened.
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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That suggests it is indeed corrupted.
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Reetesh Mukul, Employee

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@Danielle Gendron we will look into this issue. We will send an email to you asking for this catalog.