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Files missing after installation of new SSD as C: drive

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Feb 15, 2019

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I installed a new SSD as my C: drive and my old C: drive is now F:. One of the reasons for the change was to make it easier to reconnect the many files I have that are not found on any internal or external drive. I have 20-30,000 photo files, and I've lost track of many of them.

I am using PSE 10 and was hoping for a huge speed improvement with the SSD, but my photo files are now linked to the F: drive and obviously, there is no speed improvement. Many of my files show that they are disconnected altogether.

I am tempted to just uninstall PSE 10 and start from scratch with a fresh install of the new PSE 19 after making sure that no photo files are on the F: drive, but I would lose all my tags, etc.

Is there some easier way to fix this mess?

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Files missing after installation of new SSD as C: drive

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I installed a new SSD as my C: drive and my old C: drive is now F:. One of the reasons for the change was to make it easier to reconnect the many files I have that are not found on any internal or external drive. I have 20-30,000 photo files, and I've lost track of many of them.

I am using PSE 10 and was hoping for a huge speed improvement with the SSD, but my photo files are now linked to the F: drive and obviously, there is no speed improvement. Many of my files show that they are disconnected altogether.

I am tempted to just uninstall PSE 10 and start from scratch with a fresh install of the new PSE 19 after making sure that no photo files are on the F: drive, but I would lose all my tags, etc.

Is there some easier way to fix this mess?

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There are several ways to accomplish what you want.

Do you have any idea why some of your files are disconnected? Did you try moving some of them to your C:/ drive using Windows file explorer?  Did you clone your drive?

Can you determine where the Catalog expects the disconnected files to be?  First, click Find>All Missing Files.  This will let you know exactly how many files are missing.  Also, if you open the Information panel, check the Location identified for the file. 

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If the missing files are not a big issue, and you simply want to move the files from the F:\ drive to the C:\ drive, then use the Folder panel to click and drag the folders.  (The folder panel must be in tree view to do this.)

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Alternatively, if the files are all connected, then you can do a backup and restore from one drive to the other.  This will take much longer than the click-and-drag method.

I no longer have Elements 10 on my machine so can't guarantee that things have not changed, but I believe the procedures I have outlined will work for you.

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