If you experience some corruption of a Catalog, you can attempt to restore it from the corrupted Catalog itself or from a backup copy if you have one. Regardless of which option is selected, when attempting to open a damaged Catalog, a dialog window opens prompting you to either Restore from backup or Verify and Repair… In many cases, the Verify and Repair option is successful. Otherwise, you will have to replace the original Catalog and restore it from a backup. If you have backed up that particular Catalog on a regular basis, select one of the copies to restore it from.
Restoring a Catalog in Capture One
- When you attempt to open a damaged Catalog, a dialog window opens prompting you to either Restore from backup, Verify and Repair… or cancel the operation.
- Click on Verify and Repair… If the operation is successful, the Catalog will open. Perform a backup and then continue to use that Catalog. If the operation fails, the dialog window will re-open.
- Click on Restore from backup. A Restore Catalog dialog window opens. If backups of that particular Catalog have been made, a list will be displayed by the date (newest first) in the designated folder. For a Mac, the default location is Macintosh HD -> Users -> [Username] -> Library -> Application Support -> Capture One -> Backups. You can verify the location of a specific folder. Select it from the list, then Ctrl/Right-click and select Show in Finder/Explorer (Mac OS/Windows).
You can also restore Catalog directly from the main menu by selecting File -> Restore Catalog...
- To change the location to another folder, click on the Action menu (…) button adjacent to the file path at the top of the dialog. A new Finder/Explorer dialog window will open.
- Navigate to the folder and click Open. The Restore Catalog dialog is replaced with the prompt to replace and restore the existing database or to return to the previous dialog.
- Select Restore. The dialog is followed by a progress bar indicating that the database is gradually replaced from the backup.
- If the restoration is successful, the dialog will prompt you to select the Open Catalog button. The restored Catalog opens.
- If an error occurs, the dialog will prompt you to try again. Follow any suggestions made. For example, alter any incorrect permissions or fix insufficient disk space and select Try Again.
- If the restore option fails for the second time, it may not be possible to restore from that file. The restoration process cannot be reversed. Select Cancel and return to Step 3. Choose another file in the list (if there is any) and repeat the steps above once again.
Restoring a Catalog from outside of Capture One
1. Navigate to the default location where you backups are stored.
- On macOS, the default location is
Users/[Username]/Library/Application Support/Capture One/BackupsTo access the user's Library folder, go to the Go menu in Finder (or press CMD + Shift + G on your keyboard) to open the Go to Folder dialog, enter "~/Library" and press Return on your keyboard. macOS will open up your user's Library folder.
- On Windows, the default location is
Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\CaptureOne\BackupsTo access the AppData folder, search for "Run" in the Start menu (or press Windows + R on your keyboard) to open the Run App, enter "%AppData%" and click OK. Windows will open up the Roaming folder, which is inside the AppData folder.
2. Go to the folder of the Catalog you would like to restore and select the particular backup file. Double-click on the .cocatalodb file and it will be opened in Capture One.
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