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I just don't ever use the Project Manger, so I can't comment about that. But any move you make manually will cause Premiere to ask where the files are, regardless of preference settings. Which makes sense because the files are not where Premiere was last told to look for them. Scratch disk settings only affect new files.
> my preferences settings for the project ... point to the correct location
> the files are not where Premiere was last told to look for them
I do use project manager, but Jim is right that this is simply the way PPro works. The PROJECT FILE is an xml file that hard codes the path to the files. Your preferences may point elsewhere, but in most cases you are talking about the media files and that is only a preference when you are capturing.
In a project manager trimmed file, the new project uses the trimmed location, but as soon as you move the project, the path is wrong. But a single answer for the first find and Premiere finds the files. Not so bad, even if you have multiple directories and have to answer that question several times. I cannot test that because my trimmed projects move all files offline.
Jim often makes the point that if you are simply moving a project, you avoid problems by having a good structure to begin with (don't spread your directories/files all over the place), and then simply move it and relink. (Of course, the best course is don't move it at all.)
The best use of project manager, other than going offline for archiving, is to consolidate media. But if you then move the consolidated project to a different location, you will have to relink. Leave it in place, and you won't.