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I am about to acquire a new computer that has both SDD and HDD storage.  I currently have PSE 15 on a machine with only a HDD, and that's where I created my Organizer catalog.  I understand that most folks recommend storing the photos on the HDD even if the SDD has room.  I plan to use Laplink PC Mover to transfer a lot of the stuff to the new computer (both W10/64), but don't know whether to force it to move the program to the HDD as well as the photos, to download a new version of the program and then transfer not only the photos but the catalog files somewhere, or something else. Anyone know what to do to minimize problems (e.g., the Organizer catalog thinking the photos are somewhere other than where I moved them).

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You can restore the backup of the catalog to what will be your D drive.  You can also choose an option to restore the original folder structure.  See this article for further details.  However, as I said earlier, I believe the catalog folder will also be placed on your D drive.  (I'm not sure about this as I haven't restored a backup in a long time.)   If this is the case, you can move the catalog folder itself to the SSD drive, either in the default location, or you can use a custom location.  The root of the C: drive will work for placing the catalog folder.

If the restored catalog does not end up on the D drive, then I assume it will be placed in the default location on the SSD drive.

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PSE 15 Organizer on Machine with both SSD and HDD

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I am about to acquire a new computer that has both SDD and HDD storage.  I currently have PSE 15 on a machine with only a HDD, and that's where I created my Organizer catalog.  I understand that most folks recommend storing the photos on the HDD even if the SDD has room.  I plan to use Laplink PC Mover to transfer a lot of the stuff to the new computer (both W10/64), but don't know whether to force it to move the program to the HDD as well as the photos, to download a new version of the program and then transfer not only the photos but the catalog files somewhere, or something else. Anyone know what to do to minimize problems (e.g., the Organizer catalog thinking the photos are somewhere other than where I moved them).

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Correct answer by Greg_S. | Adobe Community Professional

You can restore the backup of the catalog to what will be your D drive.  You can also choose an option to restore the original folder structure.  See this article for further details.  However, as I said earlier, I believe the catalog folder will also be placed on your D drive.  (I'm not sure about this as I haven't restored a backup in a long time.)   If this is the case, you can move the catalog folder itself to the SSD drive, either in the default location, or you can use a custom location.  The root of the C: drive will work for placing the catalog folder.

If the restored catalog does not end up on the D drive, then I assume it will be placed in the default location on the SSD drive.

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You may run into issues with Photoshop Elements if you don't backup the catalog, do a proper installation of Photoshop Elements, and then restore the catalog from the backup. Transfering Adobe programs rather than doing a proper install rarely works well.

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I've moved this from the Photoshop to the Photoshop Elements forum so that proper help can be offered.

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Thank.  I didn't realize there were different forums (fora?).

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Are you moving the old HDD to the new machine?  I assume that it was your only drive on the old machine. If not, give us the details of the old and new drives.

 

If you are in fact going from a C: sytem drive (HDD) containing all of your photos, to a new computer with an SSD sytem drive  C: and a second new HDD, then I would recommend doing as Bob suggests, which is to backup your catalog, using Elements, on your old machine.  Then, using your program discs or download file, to install Elements on your new SSD.  Then restore the backup to your new computer and use a custom location to restore your files to your new HDD.

 

The catalog folder will also be restored to your HDD, but you can move the folder (using Windows Explorer) to the SSD.  It doesn't take up much room and may result in better performance for the catalog.

 

You may also want to take a look at this recent thread for other ideas.

 

 

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Hi Tinwoodman,

 

FYI, I have a Win10/64 PC with both an SSD (C:) & an HDD (D:). I have PSE 2020 installed in the default location (C:\Program Files\Adobe\) and my Organizer catalogs are located in the default location (C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Elements Organizer\Catalogs\). All of my photo files are located in D:\Pictures\. Everything runs very smoothly and QUICKLY!

 

Follow Peru Bob's advice about installing, backup, and restore. And, Greg_S is correct, the catalog files don't take much space.

Walter in Davie, FL

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Thanks to everyone for the quick and useful replies.  The one thing I still don't understand is whether the catalog I created when the program and pics were on the same drive will still work OKwhen I transfer it over to an environment in which the pics are on a different drive.  If not, is there an easy fix?  Will "reconnect" work for all the files if I send Organizer to the right location for the first file?  I have about 43,000 photos, most of them cataloged.

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If you use the Backup/Restore feature, it doesn't matter where you put them.  The Organizer will know where they are.   You can also move just the catalog folder once it has been restored and it will still find the photos in your catalog.

 

The reconnect tool is sometimes problematic and can take a long time.   That's why we recommend the Backup/Restore method.

 

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Well, that all seemed reasonable at least until I realized that the backup included all the media as well as the catalog info itself.  When I tried to back up the catalog, I saw that the backup file would be about 53 gig.  I decided not to try to put it on DVDs (about 11 of them) and tried my external hard drive (Western Digital My Book), which I thought was working fine and had enough space.

 

Got to the point of starting the full backup, but after a few minutes, got an error about writing the file.  Tried a second time with the same result.  I suspect this had to do with the enormity of the file, but it might be some disk incompatibility.  Am I any more likely to be successful with the multiple DVD option?  Is there another fix?

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