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Purging My Watch Folder

New Here ,
Nov 18, 2020 Nov 18, 2020

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Hi, I really keen to clear out unwanted images from my watch folders. I have around 7k images in there which are not listed in my catalogue. Possibly from forgeting to delete from disk when managing them in Organiser I suppose, amongst other reasons.

 

Is there any way that Organiser can help in this process? Either by identifying them or actually deleting them? Would it be possible to move catalogued items only, leaving me free to delete the original archive?

 

All help appreciated. Thanks, Andy B

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 18, 2020 Nov 18, 2020

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First thought: the files in your watched folders and not in your catalog may be files not imported because they are duplicates or in non recognized formats (for instance pdfs in recent PSE versions).

To be sure it's not the watched folders feature which has not worked, just manually launch an import from each of those watched folders. All duplicates will be ignored. If nothing is imported, then you can ignore the non imported files.

One solution is to create a full backup of your catalog and to restore it somewhere else (in a new master folder if you have enough space or in a new internal or external drive ). If the restoration works normally, you can delete the contents of the folders you had watched. I would prefer restoring elsewhere before deleting, but theoretically, deleting before restoring in the same location should be safe.

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Nov 19, 2020 Nov 19, 2020

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Ok, thank you

 

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