Lightroom has encountered problems reading this photo.

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When I try to click on pictures in library mode in Lightroom 5 to view them bigger and also to develop them, Lightroom pops up with the following: Lightroom has encountered problems reading this photo. You will not be able to make adjustments to the photo. This does not happen to every photo in the file, but it does happen to most. What can I do to access these files again through Lightroom 5?

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Sarah McDivitt

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Tricia Mennell

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Did you ever resolve this?
I have the same problem!
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Have you tried restarting your computer? (There's another thread out there where this solved the problem)

Otherwise, that file could be corrupted. Or if the files are on an external drive or network drive, there could be an issue reading the file for any number of reasons.
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Hi Jeffrey,  The restart didn't work. :(. I moved files from my external to my native drive and it didn't fix it.  Everything was fine until I had to restore my computer and re-download LR.  So wrong version?
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HI Jeffrey, 

Now I've opened three other catalogs that are from shoots that are done and put away and they have the same error on most of the files.  It's a Lightroom issue.  Has to be.

Trish
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I've also opened catalogs on my iMac and two separate external drives.  All have the error.
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Tricia Mennell

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I'm using Lightroom Classic CC.  Going to download Lightroom CC and see if that is the solution.
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Tricia Mennell

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okay...well that wasn't it! :)
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Can you post one of the files? (Dropbox/CC files)
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Were you previously using LR 5, what LR version is installed now (Go to Help> About Photohsop Lightroom), and what camera model are the pictures from that can't be read?