Lightroom 5 Catalog Corruption

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Hello All,

I have LR5 installed, it was an upgrade over v4. Now whenever a create a new catalog, 1 or 2 images at least are corrupted. Funny thing is, if i delete the catalog and re-import the images, there will again be one or two corrupted files, but they won't be the same files each time!

I'm on a Windows 7 64bit machine with plenty of ram and HD disk space. Any help is immensely appreciated.
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A few more details, this happens with my Canon and Hasselblad files. CF card isn't the culprit. The card importer has been changed since this issue first occurred. The hard drive doesn't exhibit corruption on anything else except for in Lightroom.

Though if i open the attached image, i will still see the corruption on that image. When i import files, i copy them from the CF card to the hard drive, if that matters. And i use a new catalog for each job. So this is occurring in multiple catalogs since i upgraded to LR5.
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Not a catalog problem. Images are corrupt on disk (or are not being read properly due to ram...). You got a bad component somewhere.

There are *tons* of threads which go into gory detail about how to trouble-shoot when images are getting corrupted - try searching in the user-to-user forum as well as here.
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They aren't corrupt on disk. Could be a memory issue. I'll have to do a check on that. Why with only LR though?
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Well what i mean is, i open directly on CF card into photoshop. No issue through ACR.
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Perhaps they're getting corrupted upon transfer from CF card?
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Well that would be caught in ACR -> Photoshop as well right? Plus i replaced the card reader anyway. Happens with two different ones. Thx for thinking about it though... man there are so many issues out there with this corruption issue. Google it, you'll find hundreds if not thousands of threads.
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I have imported to other hard drives tonight, same issue as well.
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If not happening upon transfer, then probably hard disk or ram problem.
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It's hard to imagine a bug in Lr resulting in what appears like a "tell-tale" hardware problem. Thus, pretty-much anybody who'll try to help will simply say: "it's a hardware problem". Lots of people have scratched heads over what seems to point the finger at Lr, but so far Lr has managed to dodge all such bullets. Prove us wrong and we'll eat words... Until then, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find the source of corruption, and fix it. This post will self-destruct in 5 seconds ;-}.
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If you happen to be using a Lexar Card USB 3.0 Reader to do the download, and you are on Mac with Mountain Lion, you may need to upgrade the firmware on the reader as there is known issue.

If not, I would start looking at your Memory Card, Reader, Cable, Ram, and Harddrive in that order.