Please help! I have Elements 2020 on a Windows 10 system. All pictures are stored on an external 8 TB harddrive. I disconnected from the harddrive for about a month and continued to use the laptop, but never tried to get on Elements. I reconnected and opened Elements and none of my media and none of my keyword tags are there. It says, "No media available, Click 'import' to add media". It looks like Elements was just downloaded. I thought I should restore catalog but when I selected that option I got "You have chosed to restore a catalog with the same name as an existing catalog. It is recommended that you complete a backup of the existing catalog first befoe attempting to overwrite it. Do you still want to overwrite the existing catalog?" Please advice what to do? I have spent soooo many hours with this 2020 upgade that I am so frustrated.
Do you store your catalog folder on the external drive? Or is it in the default location?
Are you using the catalog on two computers - your desktop and your laptop?
In any event, I suggest you do a search for a file called catalog.pse18db. (Make sure your Windows Explorer is set to show file extensions.) Double-click on it and it will open in the Organizer. It sounds like you may have more than one. If you do, double-click on each one and whatever catalog the file is attached to will open in the Organizer. Hopefully, you will find the proper catalog.
I have my catalog on the external drive. Only using it on one laptop. When I search on catalog.pse18db the Organizer opens up and it is empty.
What version of Elements did you have before Elements 2020? Search for the file named catalog.pseXXdb where XX is the version number of the program. Elements 2019 was version 17 and Elements 2018 was version 16. If you can find such a file, then go to File>Manage Catalogs and click on the Convert button. Then navigate to the older version catalog. The catalog should then be converted to Elements 2020.
I have a new computer that never had the older version on it. I used a backup to populate my new Elements 2020. And I ended up with several issues with that, so I deleted all the pictures so I could keep the keyword tags I worked so hard on. Then I decided to start bringing over years worth of photos (one month at a time). Took me months to get a couple decades worth of pictures. Thought everything was good to go. Then didn't have it connected to my external drive (which I need because my laptop only has 1TB and I have over that in pictures). And when I had time to get on Elements, everything was gone, pictures, keyword tags... About to give up on Adobe...
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I have a new computer that never had the older version on it. I used a backup to populate my new Elements 2020. And I ended up with several issues with that, so I deleted all the pictures so I could keep the keyword tags I worked so hard on.
Sorry, but I am having a hard time figuring out what you have done.
Do you still have the backup? What version was it created with? What were the issues that you ended up with? How does deleting all the pictures keep the keyword tags that you worked so hard on?
When you restored a backup from a previous version to your new computer, the catalog was converted to work with the newer version. But the old version catalog was also saved with the same name plus a -1 suffix. Have you deleted the old catalog and/or the old backup?
For further information, here are a couple of Help articles for you to review: