How can I move around my folders of pictures without breaking all the links in Elements Organizer?

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I've got about 10 years of family photos in PSE14, organized into folders by date. Windows doesn't seem to like having thousands of subfolders in a single directory listing, so in an effort to make the directory file tables less burdensome for the operating system, I have created yearly folders, and started moving the date-specific folders into these yearly folders.

Not surprisingly, PSE14's Organizer doesn't like me moving the indexed images around, but whereas I remember the "Reconnect" feature in PSE12 finding all the pictures automatically, PSE14 seems downright dumb. Instead it gives me a list of all the files it couldn't find in the catalog, and asks me to go find them.

Finding one file is easy -- I have the old location which includes the full date (e.g. 2014 02 28\IMG002438.jpg) so I can locate that one file in 2014\2014 02 28\IMG002438.jpg and PSE14 proceeds to match up everything in that directory (IMG002439.jpg, IMG002441.jpg, etc.). That's helpful for days like Christmas when there are a lot of pictures.

The trouble is that there are still thousands of date-specific folders that need to be matched up, and it's not worthwhile to match each one by hand.

Is there a better way?
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Set your left 'Folders' panel to show the folders in 'tree' view.
You can stay in this left panel and drag and drop folders around (with their subfolders attached). You don't lose the links in the catalog.
A word of caution: be patient, especially if you move folders to another drive. That requires the time to copy everything, which may take time and you have no progress indicator for the process.

Did you know that the downloader has the option to automatically create date based folders at import time?