Drive letter changed, now PSE not updating

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Feb 10, 2022 Feb 10, 2022

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My drive crashed but was backed up to the cloud. When the repair shop installed a new drive, they gave it a new letter (G instead of K). Now all of my photos are on G, but PSE (I am guessing) thinks they are on K.

 

Should I just rename G to K?

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Feb 10, 2022 Feb 10, 2022

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Yes, unless it will affect other programs.

Eduted answer: No.

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Feb 11, 2022 Feb 11, 2022

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My drive crashed but was backed up to the cloud. When the repair shop installed a new drive, they gave it a new letter (G instead of K). Now all of my photos are on G, but PSE (I am guessing) thinks they are on K.

 

Should I just rename G to K?


By @Edison157F

Unfortunately, updating the letter will not solve your problem.

The reason is that the catalog registers the location of each file by two 'chunks', the drive identification and the path (the folder hierarchy location).

To solve a number of situations when letters are changing in Windows, the drive identifications needs two components:

- the drive letter

- the internal serial number of the drive

The latter has the priority solve situations in which the letter has changed.

 

So, it would be necessary to also assign the same internal serial number of the new drive to the serial of the old drive.

... or to use a sqlite database utility to edit the volume_table in the database.

 

The best solution would be to restore a rcent full backup. With a small catalog, you also can try to reconnect missing files, but that may take time and efforts to guide the process.

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Feb 21, 2022 Feb 21, 2022

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Hi

 

I would recommend you to uninstall PSE while keeping your preferences and reinstall it, it will resolve the Drive name confusion at its end and no manual changes must be needed.

 

Thanks

Vipin

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