I upgraded my old HHD to a larger SSD. I cloned the old D: drive and made the old drive the Z: drive and on the Z drive I put all old files in a folder named OldZ. When I look at the file info I see that PSE is looking for the files on Z:
I created a brand new catalog and imported the files from D: and they showed correctly in the File Info. But when I closed PSE and opened it again later, the files showed not found and PSE was looking in Z: again.
Would anyone have a solution? I have thousands of photos and Reconnect would take forever.
I am not sure if removing the old drive or if assigning a new serial number as suggested in that doc would solve your problem. Generally, it is recommended to use the normal process of a full backup then a restore rather than cloning.