Monday, January 31, 2011

Adobe Photoshop Trouble Shooting - Could not initialize photoshop because the file is locked

Adobe Photoshop Trouble Shooting - Could not initialize photoshop because the file is locked

Situation: Your scratch disk ( usually C:\\ ) is full and you can't save the project you are doing in Photoshop. So you tried to used the other partition of your hard drive ( may be D:\\ ) as scratch disk as well. 
In Edit > Preferences > Performance >
"You unchecked C:\\ and you checked D:\\" and then you restart the photoshop program.
Then the problem occurs.

Problem: An alert box will say
"Could not initialize photoshop because the file is locked..."
and the photoshop will close when you click "Ok" or "Close/X" and the photoshop will not work anymore.

Answer: You have to edit/modify your Preferences > Performances to default again, to restore the default setting of the scratch disk. But since you couldn't start the program. You can edit it in its folder.

C:\\Documents and Settings\"you username"\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS(3)\Adobe Photoshop CS(3) Settings\Adobe Photoshop CS3 Prefs
Solution:

Rename the file Adobe Photoshop CS3 Prefs. Rename whatever name you want, it just have to be renamed so the photoshop will not read its settings in that preference. Rename it like "Adobe PS CS3 prefs old" or "old prefs" or whatever. Then launch the program. it's back to normal.

Additional:If your still have a problem with your full scratch disk, you can used your spare partition drive by checking it in Edit > Preferences > Performance >
BUT DON'T CHANGE THE C:\\, IT SHOULD BE CHECKED

Notes: Location may be vary or different from the example but it is close to that.
This solution is applicable to Adobe Photoshop CS3, but i don't know if it works in other versions as well.

C:\\Documents and Settings\"you username"\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS(3)\Adobe Photoshop CS(3) Settings\Adobe Photoshop CS3 PrefsIf you can't see the "Application Data" folder go to Tools > Folder Options > View and click View hidden pages

Reference: I got the best help from this link:
http://rareexample.ca/2007/11/16/cs3-could-not-initialize-photoshop-because-the-file-is-locked-error/

You can search other references by asking Google "Photoshop file is locked"

Reminder: Before modifying or editing your settings be sure to browse the Internet for help or ask other people for information so you will not do what you shouldn't do. Try on majority answers. And, as a user, do not modify your computer's setting if you are not sure.

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