Elements: How do I move photos to External Drive

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I am using Photoshop Elements 6 and plan to move my older photos from my nearly full C drive to a new external drive (currently empty) that I have connected to the computer. My research has uncovered three different recommended ways to accomplish this. One method is to use the File>Move command in PSE 6, setting up a file hierarchy in the new external drive that is the same as what is now on my C drive. A second method is to go to the Display>Folder Location view and simply drag and drop the appropriate folders to my new external drive. The third method is to back up the photos on the new external drive using the File>Backup Catalog and then delete the photos from the C drive. Which of these two do you recommend (or is there a third way that you would recommend)?

Also, I have read that it is best to keep the Catalog on the C drive and move the photos only to the external drive. Finally, I have read that it is best to move my older photos to the external drive and to keep the more recent photos on the C drive to the extent that I intend to access them more frequently, since accessing photos on the external drive will take longer. I would appreciate your comments on all of these questions. Thank you very much for your help.
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I would recommend option 2, use the Folder Location view and simply drag and drop. It's simple and direct. Option 1 works, but I find it less straight forward. Option 3 doesn't really work as your files will be disconnected in the catalog.

As for putting your catalog on the secondary drive, it really depends on free space and performance. How does the drive connect to the computer? If USB, then it's probably not a good idea. Firewire would be better, and external Sata would be the best (it would be no different than having the drive internal).

Keeping your recent images on the internal drive may be a good idea, just keeping the external as an archive could help performance all around. Of course there is the extra step of moving them at some point in the future.