Lightroom/Photoshop: Saving from Photoshop to Lightroom with color distortions

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I have lightroom CC and photoshop.  I edit my photos in LR and then send them to PS when needed.  I'm usally able to save them back to LR with no problem.  But suddenly yesterday they will sometimes export back to lightroom with distorted colors in them.  I've tried re- saving but it happens over and over.  What am I missing or doing wrong?  Obviously I'm not very technical, so any help will need to be explained in a very basic manner.  Sometimes I miss the darkroom! LOL!!
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Mac or Windows?
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This looks like data corruption. I would be first checking Hard Disk and Ram for a hardware failure. Make sure all of your photos are synced in case the drive goes bad suddenly.
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It is a MAC.  Rikk, I keep all the photos on an external hard drive (not a portable one).  I've had several crashes with portable hard drives but never ran into this issue before.  How would I look into that?
It was also suggested that I made sure I'm running all current versions.  I noticed there was an update to LR Classic so updated today.  That is lightroom classic CC
But now I've got a message "we need to upgrade your cataloug to LR Classic.  I'm afraid to do it.  Something like this happened to me once before and it turned out I had 'updated' the wrong version.  I was able to fix the catalogs but it was very time consuming.  Has this happend to anyone else when updating??  I can't loose my photos.
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It sounds like a full backup would be prudent before continuing. If the failure is on your hard drive you are at risk of losing much. You should have your system checked out by an expert to ensure that a critical component isn't failing.

With regard to upgrading your catalog, when Lightroom Classic upgrades a catalog, it does so by making a copy and then upgrades the copy so that you can revert to previous version if necessary. 
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My daughters BF is a tech guy (what he does for a living) although he's not an Adobe guy.  He came over last night and we did a back up of the last catalog and completed the update and it was fine.

We tried several different things.  Everytime a photo was saved from PS to LR it had the colored lines.  One time when the photo was loaded to PS from LR it showed up with a square color distortion - but most of the times it showed up when exporting from PS to LR. When I export the photo from PS directly to my computer (instead of back to LR) it is just fine. 
 I use an external hard drive that holds all my work, it's new - only about 6 months old so should not be failing but I know that anything is possible.  Its' fully backed up.
I loaded a photo directly from my laptop (not the external drive) into LR.  Then loaded it to PS did a quick edit and sent it back to LR and it still had the distortion.  I figure that eliminates the possiblilty that the external drive is the issue?
We are wondering if the issue is my laptop.  I'm running all the latest systems but it is five years old.  I know macs usually last longer - but such is usually my luck.

The only way to really test it is to load my LR and PS to another computer, try editing and see if there is a difference.  It's just weird that when I export directly from PS there is no distortions in the image.  Now I need to get my hands on another computer to try it.