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I broke a hard drive but I notice that the pictures in the catalog have been saved in the

  • C:\Users\Vyrus\Pictures\Lightroom\LightR ... 3 Catalog Previews.lrdata.

they are in a format other than .jpeg (they are .lrprev)

What can I do?

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Please use the Post answer button only for actual answers. You should modify your original question to add additional information, or just post a comment. Have you looked at the link I gave you? BitmapRip can export pictures from .lrprev files. –  slhck Jan 3 '13 at 10:39

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The answer seems straight forward:

  1. Open them in lightroom. (Free download here)
  2. Save them as jpeg.

However that might be to trivial.

Are there really pictures in there? Or are you looking at previews?

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when i open the preview in lightroom i can't use the command "export" and aloft there's a notice: "the file called ... is offline or missing" –  Andrea Jan 2 '13 at 18:21
    
It might be useful to add that to the original post. –  Hennes Jan 2 '13 at 18:34
    
@Andrea That's because the original files are in fact missing. Do you still have them or were they destroyed with the hard drive? The .lrprev files are just previews, but Lightroom depends on the originals to be there. –  slhck Jan 2 '13 at 18:35
    
they destroyed with the hard drive. have i to give up? –  Andrea Jan 3 '13 at 10:13
    
Yes. Get a new harddrive. Install a new OS and optionally a fresh install os lightroom. Then restore as much as you can from backups (assuming you have them). –  Hennes Jan 3 '13 at 20:27

follow this instructions : http://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/extract-previews-lightroom-4.html

... to get and install the script called "extract previews" which will allow you to convert your saved previews as jpg.

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