ELEMENTS 11 - Moving folders with file explorer

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I have restored my catalog from a backup to a new computer. I am using PS 11. I have a long directory structure to get to my files and I want to compress this. When I restored I selected keep existing file structure. But now I want to compress it. If I move folders up levels with file explorer can I use reconnect to find them (will I need to?) and will I lose my tags?
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Donna Opthoff

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Pie King

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Nothing major should result from this. I would suggest cloning the base folder (last folder name in the file explorer address) and moving it up a folder level. You should be able to still use reconnect if the base folder is cloned, like advised above; otherwise it cannot be guaranteed whether reconnect works or not. The tags may or may not disappear. This depends on if they are attached to your base folder or folder address. If it is the base folder, then your tags will remain attached. If it is the address, then they will disappear. To sum this all up, compressing the directory structure should clone the directory in a compressed file (if you use 7-zip or winrar, anything else might compress the existing directory structure instead). Reconnect should work as long as all transferred files are still present, new files will be overlooked, or also transferred (depends if it is being used on new computer or old computer, the old computer will have it transferred in addition; whereas the new computer will have it overlooked). The tags, if you choose to move the base folder up a level or levels, are kept if they are attached to the base folder, but lost if they are attached to the directory structure. I hope this helped, good luck! Reply to this response if you have any more questions, issues, or concerns.
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Don't forget that the organizer has similar features as the explorer to move folders (with their subfolders) by drag and drop in the left 'folders' panel. When you drag a folder like this (with its subfolders) the organizer takes care of updating the file paths (no need to reconnect).
A few tips:
- you can work step by step until you are confident about the process
- Don't start the process without having a full backup just in case
- It's possible to move a whole folder tree like this, even to a different drive. In that case, copying a lot of files may require a long time (same as from the explorer).
- Be careful not to move a folder to a master folder having already a subfolder of the same name.
- The drag and drop solution is often considered by Lightroom users less safe than moving from the explorer and reconnecting: that's not my experience with the organizer. The restore process is less easy than in Lightroom.
- Be sure you have enough disk space; that may be useful if the process is interrupted (I once had a power failure at 95% of a move and the transaction rolled back without major problems when the computer restarted).
- It's ok to move a folder to 'bypass' an empty upper level or to move to a folder just under the root (provided it does not already contain a folder with the same name...)
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Thanks much to both.