Lightroom Corrupted

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I have a corrupted lightroom. I have tried everything within my capabilities, including taking it to a computer tech. The tech advised my to contact adobe. I do not have a current back up and I am at risk of losing years of work. Please help!!

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Can you describe in more detail? Will Lightroom open? Are there any error messages? The more information you can provide, the better we can attempt to assist you. 
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Lightroom will sometimes open and at other times it will not. On the occasions which it does not open, I get the corrupt catalog message and it attempts to repair the catalog, which fails. When it is open, the photo preview boxes are all question marks. I have also tried erasing the lock file and that does not seem to repair the issue.
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Operating System? Version?
Lightroom Version?
Location of Lightroom Catalog file?
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Kay

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Windows 7, Lightroom 4, and I believe the catalog is just under pictures on my hard drive, though I do also have some images on external drives.
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Go to Help>System Info... and get your exact version of Lightroom. 
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Kay

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Lightroom 4.4 64 bit
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I would strongly recommend to make a backup of your catalogue, but do NOT override the older backup you might have! That might not be corrupt and be the version you might have to turn to, if nothing else helps.

I suppose you do have an older backup? Leave that as is, don't touch and don't override.

I guess you really need an Adobe guy to guide you further on that.

Good Luck!

PS: I have a backup program, that runs daily on my catalogues and files. I would strongly recommend to you to do the same thing after this problem is solved. If anything goes wrong or becomes corrupt, you can only lose one day of editing and deeloping;-)
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Kay, also remember that your images are still stored on your HD and should be unaffected.  Obviously the catalogue stores all of the changes you have made to each image in the editing process over time but the images themselves are still there.  The difficult part, in a rebuild process, is identifying what collection they belong to if you were to have to reconstruct your catalogue. That would be a very painful and laborious process.

When I started to use Lightroom I used to tell it to store the images in specific folders but then someone said to me, "Just let Lightroom store the images where it wants to.  All you care about is where they are in your collections."  In the scenario that you find yourself in there is some value in doing what I started out to do because that would identify the collection names in a rebuild process.

Hopefully you will be able to recover your catalogue with some expert assistance.
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You have a problem with your computer. The hard drive is failing or you have faulty RAM. Backup everything that is important to you ASAP to an external drive. That mean the LR catalog and all your images and everything else that is on that computer you can't do without.
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Thinking about this issue I am inclined to agree with you.  It's random rather than fixed problem.

I'll bet the computer is full of dust.  Lost count of the number of times I have fixed a PC by taking to it with compressed air..... gently of course.  Those dust particles can cause leakage across electrical circuitry.