Find "lost" files globally in Lightroom Classic

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It's been a long time time since I've done something really thoughtless in LR Classic (ah, the learning curve) but I created a new partition on my Drobo, and--of course--LR can't find its files. I can easily point it in the right direction to individual files, but is there any way to say--globally--"Drive 1 is Now Drive 1A, otherwise nothing's changed, go find the stuff?" Seems simple enough, but I'm tired and can't think straight.

I appreciate all the help folks always provide here, so...what say?
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Mark Melnick

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Carlos Cardona

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Rename the path where your photos are to EXACTLY what it was before your volume creation. I copied my files to a new RAID, but the name stays “Data” (whatever you called yours). Right, you can’t have 2 volumes mounted with the same name, so to do this I call the new RAID volume “Data1”, clone the old RAID to it, dismount the old RAID, and rename the new RAID “Data”. Now launch LR and it finds the files because the pat to my LR Photos folder is the same (/Volumes/Data/Pictures/Lightroom Photos).
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Thanks, Carlos. About ten minutes after I posted "help!" I realized I could just take care of the change INSIDE Lightroom (always the best choice) by working in the dropdown "Folders" menu. Or whatever it's called, left panel. The solution is here in the FAQs too. Just tell LR where the new stuff lives and it will chug away (to the tune of 250,000 photos, in my case). Cloning would take an eon!

Thanks again. All good now.