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Elements 11 and location of media files

Explorer ,
Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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I store all my media files on a hard-drive, which is almost full. So I transferred them across to a bigger hard-drive and gave the hard-drive the same name as the original hard-drive, which I though would enable Elements to find the media as before, but it doesn't. Is there anyway of getting Elements to believe this new drive is the old one? Clearly a name isn't enough.

Thanks,

Martin

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Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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Did you remove the smaller drive and assign the same drive letter to the new drive?

 

What SHOULD work is when you open a project and navigate to the new drive to select the "first" missing file the project will automatically link to the rest of the missing files

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Dec 03, 2022 Dec 03, 2022

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I didn't assign any letters to the drive, I ust named the new drive the same as the old one. I don't see any letters for the drive in Finder, just the name (it's a Mac).

 

The problem with the other method is that there's a bug in Elements 11 (one of many!) and it doesn't tell you the name of the file it's looking for, so you can't select the right one.

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Dec 03, 2022 Dec 03, 2022

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1 - you should always mention your computer type when asking a question

 

2 - the program SHOULD be asking for the first file on your timeline

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Dec 06, 2022 Dec 06, 2022

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Ok, thank you.

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Dec 06, 2022 Dec 06, 2022

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I've done this and it works for all of the Adobe apps I use.

 

1-Copy the entire contents of the old small drive to the new bigger drive.

2-Use Windows tools to change the drive letter of the old drive 

3-Use Windows tools to change the drive letter and name of the new drive to exactly the same as the old drive.  The Adobe apps will then know where your file are.  

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/disk-management/change-a-drive-letter

 

If you have a Mac, google for the similar procedure.

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