Thank you, Andrius, more good info from you. You have a talent for explaining basics so that non-techies can understand the necessary fundamentals.
Your tip about looking at the C drive Pictures folder set off a chain reaction of clues:
- I noticed that yes, there were db files there.
- It took a while to notice, but none of my current pictures were there – strange!
- Those db file dates were not current – also strange! (They were from last year when I first sampled digiKam, but gave up because I didn’t understand cataloging yet.)
- I remembered my current pictures are on my SSD E drive, & perhaps that’s where the current db files were. Also, good to learn there are no db files on the portable F drive (where I keep photo archives).
So rebooting connected to the E drive, digiKam fired up properly, and upon checking, yes I did instruct digiKam to put the db files on the E drive. My techie son said to be on guard for future E drive failure or failing motherboard. So I spent the day backing up all pictures to a second portable drive, & will make a habit to back up the digiKam db files too.
Thanks very much. I learned a lot!