What is the easiest way to get Organizer properly connected to my files? I suppose I could reimport all the pics on the new machine, but I assume I'd lose some of my metadata. So that is out of the question.
That didn't help. Tried Repair first. Said nothing to repair. So I tried it again and then clicked on "Repair anyways". Said it was successful. Then I tried Optimize. Said it was successful. After each step, my problem was still there.
Any other suggestions?
Well, the recommended way to move the catalog is to use PSE6's Organizer on your old computer to make a full backup onto your EHD. (That will backup the catalog and media files). Then, on your new computer, open the PSE6 Organizer and restore from that backup.
Your method seems to make sense, but....
Ok. I've been thinking about it. It seems foolish that it should be necessary, since the exact same files are in the exact same "place" on the computer. But that approach occurred to me, as well as going back to the old computer, writing all metadata to all the files, and then on the new computer just freshly importing all the pictures into a new catalog. Any thoughts on whether that would work, and which approach is apt to work the smoothest?
One concern I have is the following. I didn't bother to mention that on the new computer, after the transfer described above was complete, I downloaded the PE10 trial version to the new computer. I didn't bother to mention it since the symptoms seem to be the same on the new computer whether I use PE6 or PE10. Anyways, I'm slightly worried that my download of PE10 will not allow me to reactivate PE6 on the old computer, which is necessary for either plan.
Thanks again for your help,
Are you sure that file paths are correct? I say this because under XP they would have originally pointed to Documents & Settings/My Pictures whereas on W7 it will be User/Pictures, albeit you are using an external hd. Take a look at this knowledge base note on the correct procedure for back-up and restore. I think writing metadata to files for such a large catalog will be a thankless task.
Are you sure that file paths are correct? I say this because under XP they would have originally pointed to Documents & Settings/My Pictures whereas on W7 it will be User/Pictures, albeit you are using an external hd.
Take a look at this knowledge base note on the correct procedure for back-up and restore.
I think writing metadata to files for such a large catalog will be a thankless task.
Your license allows two activations per PSE version, so you'll be OK on that score.
I'd simply restore the catalog to a "normal" directory, such as "C:\Data\PSEcatalogs\oldcatalog", so you don't have to worry about user accounts, permissions, etc. That also makes it easy to include the catalog directory in any scheduled backup you do.
Photodrawken, I will try the back up and restore approach. Probably next weekend. If it works, I'll mark your reply as the Correct Answer. I don't really follow your comment on restoring, but maybe I'll figure it out when I actually do it.
99jon, I'm sure the paths are correct. It is the same external drive. Besides, everything is showing up in Folder View in the Organizer. I'll check your link before I proceed tho. As for writing metadata to files, I certainly hope it works!! When I am ready to distribute my image library to family (non-PE users), I definitely will want to do this!
Thanks for your input,
I don't really follow your comment on restoring, but maybe I'll figure it out when I actually do it.
All I'm saying is that the "My Pictures" directory is a virtual directory and Organizer's option to use a directory "Accessible for the current user only" uses that directory. Permissions on that directory allow only the user account that created that directory to access it.
The Organizer's option to use a directory "Accessible to all users" uses the hidden "\AppData" directory.
If you use what Organizer terms a "Custom Location" for the location of your catalog, it's in a regular, visible directory. You don't have to worry about permissions or hassles accessing it. It's easy to find and add to whatever backup strategy you use -- for example, I simply use WinZip to zip it up and move the zip file to a USB stick.
Well, I did the backup and restore thing. Seems to be working fine. That is, PE6 seems to be working properly on my new computer.
Of course, my next step was to upgrade to PE10 on the new computer, and of course that doesn't work now. In PE10 Catalog Manager, I try to browse to the restored catalog, and it can't find it! Why does PE have so much trouble with file/database management? It just has to find files with a psedb suffix. How hard can it be! Anyways, the question for this query is answered. Thanks for your help.