Hi. I have backed up my PSE6 to external hard drive (I optimised/repaired before backing up) then installed PSE11 on new windows 8 pc - no problems. Followed all advice I've seen/read to convert saved PSE6 catalog but doesn't seem to find it (I've tried custom location / browse and gone to the folder where backup is saved but it just says 'no files matched your search').
I then tried installing PSE6 on new computer and restored catalog to it, then looked for the catalog again in PSE11. It seemed to now find it and convert, but some files where missing and lots of keywords/tags also gone.
I tried uninstalling the lot (including deleting the files from the folders they were saved in in new computer) and after looking on the forum, tried backing up old PSE6 on old pc again, but this time first saved metadata to the files, then backed up (took HOURS!) Reinstalled PSE11 on new computer and tried again - back to the first problem - not 'seeing' the backup, even though I know it's there (there's a .tly file etc).
I really don't want both versions of PSE on the new PC and I REALLY don't want to have to start from scratch tagging all 5000 files! I hope someone can help and tell me what I'm missing. I definitely not a seasoned PSE user, mostly due to lack of time and started with PSE6 knowing nothing at all. Am hoping to have lots more time to use PSE as I'll be working from home more, but I've just spent the most part of 2 days trying to figure this out...
Are you seeing all you files/tags in PSE6 Organizer, as of now?
If yes, please ensure that PSE6 organizer is closed. Launch PSE11 Organizer and click File >> Manage Catalogs >> Convert : Tick the checkbox corresponding to "Show previously converted catalogs'. Choose the correct catalog and hit Convert.
Does that bring in all 5k images as well as tag associations to PSE11??
THanks for that. After choosing 'show previously converted catalogs' I can now see a folder called my catalog folder within that folder, but when I choose it, but it still doesn't give me the desired backup (It just converts a previous my catalog with a few music files in it that are now 'convered' and therefore unusable?). I'm wondering if the problem is the way I'm using the manage catalog dialogue box. Should i be choosing custom location and if so, should this be where I choose where to find the target catalog or where to save the catalog once converted? Or is that not it?
Sorry, forgot to say, I haven't reinstalled PSE6 on new computer again, hoping not to have to, but did you mean to do that, then restore new backup (with metadata) and then try your suggested steps?
If you have the complete backup, containing you 5k files + other catalog specific files including one Backup.tly, please use File >> Restore to get started with this PSE6 catalog on PSE11.
If this doesn't work, probably there's something incomplete in the backup. So we can try taking backup one more time which means installing PSE6 too. But let's not do that at once. Please let me know the result of the first suggestion.
Yes, full 5k with other files in the backup. You're right - by using restore,I can now see and choose the .tly file! Before I proceed, do you have a suggestion as to target location to choose? I presume I should not choose 'original location', as I want the files stored on new computer, so should it be 'user/my picures' for instance?
Files all imported in this time, though now I seem to have no tags at all. I've just looked at the settings for media analysis, and the auto analyze options are off - would this have affected the tag information?
Just an update, I can see that if I look in 'FInd' > 'using advanced search', all my previous keyword categories are there under either 'keywords' or 'people', so obviously this information is still there in the metadata for the files. Perhaps I can at restore the keyword system via the search function somehow.
Success! After doing the advanced search and expanding each 'tree' within it, I switched the tags/info panael to 'infomation', then back to 'tags' in the tag/info panel and... voila - all my categories have now appeared! After closing the 'advanced search' box, my file info including tags also appears in the viewing pane. Thank you so much for your help!