Lightroom Classic: Catalog Corruption Issues

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Latest Vers of Lightroom corrupts catalogs, then sometimes can repair it on open, sometimes not.  Even more mysterious, a catalog marked as corrupt will then open.  But won't pass integrity check on close.

I tried engaging on chat but no one answers. I tried Twitter no one answers.

Is this Adobe's way of telling me to give Capture One a try?
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Rikk Flohr, Official Rep

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You have this marked as Lightroom CC but I suspect you are using Lightroom Classic. Can you go to Help>System Info... and get us the exact version and number you have currently installed?
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Hi Rikk -
Thank you for replying ... this has been happening for some months now.  Usually LR will recover on restart with a "repairing catalog format" msg (or similar).  But over the weekend I had a spate of problems with unrecoverable catalog (this has also happened in the past).

I'm running Adobe Lightroom Photoshop Classic CC, 7.5 Release, Camera Raw 10.5

An older Mac running OS X El Capitan, Version 10.11.6, 27", mid-2011 manufacture.

Lightroom photos and catalog are on a new external WD Black drive via USB 3.  Originally I thought maybe I had a bad drive and copied all data to the new drive, but the issue persisted.

My sense is that LR is not completing (for whatever reason...) it's writes to the HD ....

Appreciate any help!
Dave
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Bad hard drive is the number one cause of catalog corruption, Dave and your instinct to move to another drive is a good one.  That said, if the data you moved was corrupted already, it is possible you've just transferred that corruption to the new location. 

Are you using the same cables to connect the drive?
Plugging into the same port? 

If you move the catalog to the local drive and leave the photos on the external hard drive, does the corruption continue?
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External hard drives are susceptible to bad cable connection that could lead to dropped db read/write. My recommendation is keeping the raw image files on the external drives and leave the Lr catalog on an internal drive and do frequent catalog backup to the external drives.
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I'm learning that I probably need to keep the catalog on the internal...  I'm used to large scale systems that report I/O errors     :-)
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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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I will ask one of my colleagues to contact you on repairing your catalog for you, if the corruption still persists.
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Reetesh Mukul, Employee

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Hi Dave, will it be possible for you to share your catalog. We will look into the issue. We will communicate with you on your id.
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