Photoshop Elements: How do I find the location of image files on my hard drive?

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I have just set up my new PC with Windows 7 and installed PSE 8 which was on my old PC. I have used Organiser to acquire my old photos, which it has done very well. I now want to backup my photos to a cloud, but I cannot see where they are stored on the hard drive. Can you tell me where they are and if the files are accessible for backing up please? There are a lot of photos and I don't want to use more backup space by including the PSE programme files as well as the photos.

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John
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Photoshop Elements only references your files, from wherever they were originally stored. The import process only gathers the location of the files, it doesn't move them.

You can check the location of the files in a number of ways:
1. The Properties panel (Window > Properties): this will tell you the location of a single selected file.
2. Folder Location view (Display > Folder Location View - in the top right corner): this sorts your images by the folders they are stored in.

Very likely your images are not stored in a single folder location. So a backup solution outside of Photoshop Elements may be complex. There is a built-in backup solution within Photoshop Elements to upload your files to Photoshop.com. However, if you are not interested in such an option, your best bet will likely be to copy your files from Photoshop Elements to a single folder.

You can use the Backup option of Photoshop Elements (under the File menu). This will copy all of your images to a single location, then you can use your cloud solution on that one folder (just ignore the backup.tly file, this is a copy of the catalog).
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Brett,
Slightly different question.
I have all my (known) files in PE (abt 14K).
However, I'm sure that I have some photos on my hard disk that is *not* in PE that should be there.
What is the best way to find those files?
If I do a "File, Get Photos, By Searching" I can exclude system files and folders and 'small files'. But will it automatically ignore files that are already in the catalog?
Thanks,
-ceej
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Yes, all images already in the catalog will be ignored during import. Basically, you can't have duplicate entries for the images, even if you wanted to. You will get an "error" that the files already exist in the catalog.
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OK, thanks. That was what I wanted/assumed, but appreciate getting confirmation before I actually did it!
-ceej