Long story, but when I set up my new computer (Win 7/64) I found myself with two My Pictures folders, one nested inside the other, on my data drive. The photos were in the second or inner folder. No big deal except having to click twice to get the images files. Well, then I loaded LR 5.2 which set up its Catalog inside the outer folder, and really really wanted to load downloaded photos there as well. No problem, I though, I'll just opent the inner My Pictures folder, cut the files, then paste them in the outer folder along with the LR catalog. A benefit is I can backup the Catalog at the same time as the photos. Welllll, not. LR can no longer find the photo locations, althoug it can still find its catalog. How do I redirect LR to the right location for all the photo files, including of course, those that I've already imported. Is there anything I need to do with the catalog as well?
Thank you, dy_paige !! Using the information you sent I was able to fix the problem with one operation: right-clicking on the old directory for My Pictures and repointing to the new. The tutuorial you sent was absolutely correct in that additional instruction is needed to perform this task safely. I found the the command "Find New Folder" easily enough, but was hesistant to go any further. It is far too easy to seriously mess up a catalogue system.
I bookmarked this tutorial for later reference as I do indeed move older files to another location.
Thanks again !