Lightroom: Orphaned files difficult to put back in their folders

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I am a long time user of Photoshop and Lightroom, with a monthly CC subscription. I have almost 200,000 mostly RAW files in my Lightroom catalogue. Over time,as disks fill up, i've had to move some of the older files to newer, larger disks. All my files are in the catalogue, but very many are not in their associated folders. I've located all the folders, so they are in the catalogue. But now, with I locate individual files, to get them back into their folders, I have to do them one at a time. With 10's of thousands of files that are not in their correct folder, this is an impossible task.

Please implement a command that will fix this. My current work around is to create a new catalogue and put all these older files in that catalogue. But I don't want separate catalogues. One fix would be to allow me to merge catalogues. I'm sure you can figure out something better... Thanks, Paul
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The trick to Lightroom is never to create an orphan file. When your disks fill up move the files from inside of Lightroom and you will never have to re-locate them.
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That's great for going forward. But this does not help my current situation.
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If there are many files in a single folder, checking the "Find nearby missing photos" as you relink a single misplaced photo should relink all of the files in a folder.
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Yes, I agree. But this does not work for me. That checkbox is checked, but LR does not find nearby files.