Photoshop Elements: pathway problem when moving files

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I use PSE 6.0 and recently had to reload my operating system (OS). After reloading my OS I reinstalled PSE 6.0 and restored my catalog to a new location on my hard drive. I had my catalog backed up onto DVD’s. The restore worked and I went to link missing photos, b/c I did the PSE ‘no no” and moved files outside of the PSE program. It appeared that the missing links were corrected. I started to spot-check some of the file property locations and noticed that many of the photo properties had the restore location that I restored to catalog to. I did not want to keep the photo in this location, so I went to move these folders and files to my external drive where I keep my pictures (I have two drives: one for video and one for photos). When I try to move the files in PSE to my external drive it moves them to my external video drive instead. The problem is that when I follow the pathway it moved them to, I do not have this link on my video drive. The pathway, however, is identical to my photo pathway. For example. I have a picture with the property of C:\Documents and Settings\Amy\My Documents\Restore Adobe PSE 100111\My Picture Downloads\Pella Trip. I tried to move this file to my external K drive (which is my photo drive). In PSE I click on file then move then browse and moved the file to K:Micah's camera photos/2011/May/2011/05 07/. In PSE when I go to verify that the file was moved to that drive, instead in properties it tells me that the file location is M (my video external drive) and lists the pathway as M:Micah's camera photos/2011/May/2011/05 07. When I go to START and click on that external drive to follow the pathway to find the photo, it is not on M. M does not even have that pathway to follow as I do not even have M:Micah's camera in that location. I have disconnected my external drive M and tried to save the file from the C location to my K drive and then the file becomes an offline file and I have another problem. So then I tried to reconnect that particular file listed on M but since it’s not really on M, I follow the K pathway name and find the file where I requested it to be saved which was K:Micah's camera photos/2011/May/2011/05 07/. When I find the file and click on reconnect I get the message that the file already exists in the catalog. The in the dialog box it says M:Micah's camera photos/2011/May/2011/05 07/ was not connected to K:Micah's camera photos/2011/May/2011/05 07/. When I click on ok to exit the dialog box my photo is then missing. I then can’t do anything with it b/c pathway in PSE won’t move it b/c I can’t link it b/c it says the file is on my M drive, but it really isn’t. I don’t know what to do next. I would like to move my photo files/folders from C (my hard drive) to K (my external photo drive). I do not know why PSE is moving them to M (my video drive) which doesn’t take me to that file. I have searched the forums but have found no problems similar to this. I'm not sure what to do to fix this. Sorry this got so long...Can anyone help me?
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Wow! could you go back and insert some line breaks, it is a bit difficult to read, with the text formatted that way...
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Reposted with some line breaks for easier reading:

I use PSE 6.0 and recently had to reload my operating system (OS). After reloading my OS I reinstalled PSE 6.0 and restored my catalog to a new location on my hard drive. I had my catalog backed up onto DVD’s. The restore worked and I went to link missing photos, b/c I did the PSE ‘no no” and moved files outside of the PSE program. It appeared that the missing links were corrected.
I started to spot-check some of the file property locations and noticed that many of the photo properties had the restore location that I restored to catalog to. I did not want to keep the photo in this location, so I went to move these folders and files to my external drive where I keep my pictures (I have two drives: one for video and one for photos).

When I try to move the files in PSE to my external drive it moves them to my external video drive instead. The problem is that when I follow the pathway it moved them to, I do not have this link on my video drive. The pathway, however, is identical to my photo pathway. For example. I have a picture with the property of C:\Documents and Settings\Amy\My Documents\Restore Adobe PSE 100111\My Picture Downloads\Pella Trip. I tried to move this file to my external K drive (which is my photo drive). In PSE I click on file then move then browse and moved the file to K:Micah's camera photos/2011/May/2011/05 07/. In PSE when I go to verify that the file was moved to that drive, instead in properties it tells me that the file location is M (my video external drive) and lists the pathway as M:Micah's camera photos/2011/May/2011/05 07. When I go to START and click on that external drive to follow the pathway to find the photo, it is not on M. M does not even have that pathway to follow as I do not even have M:Micah's camera in that location.

I have disconnected my external drive M and tried to save the file from the C location to my K drive and then the file becomes an offline file and I have another problem. So then I tried to reconnect that particular file listed on M but since it’s not really on M, I follow the K pathway name and find the file where I requested it to be saved which was K:Micah's camera photos/2011/May/2011/05 07/. When I find the file and click on reconnect I get the message that the file already exists in the catalog. The in the dialog box it says M:Micah's camera photos/2011/May/2011/05 07/ was not connected to K:Micah's camera photos/2011/May/2011/05 07/. When I click on ok to exit the dialog box my photo is then missing. I then can’t do anything with it. The pathway in PSE won’t move it b/c I can’t link it. It says the file is on my M drive, but it really isn’t.

I don’t know what to do next. I would like to move my photo files/folders from C (my hard drive) to K (my external photo drive). I do not know why PSE is moving them to M (my video drive) which doesn’t take me to that file. I have searched the forums but have found no problems similar to this. I'm not sure what to do to fix this. Sorry this got so long...Can anyone help me?
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I'm not really sure I understand what you have done and what has gone wrong up to this point. I think we may need a simpler explanation.

Also, it may be simplest to simply delete what you have so far (images and catalog) and then restore your backup again, but restore it to the Photo hard drive this time, that way everything is correct to begin with.
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Simplier explanation:
I had a problem with my computer's OS; had to completely reinstall the OS (and thus all my programs). I had to reinstall PSE 6.0.
I had back-up DVDs of my catalog which I restored to a new location on my hard drive. Now I can not move any of those files to my external hard drive. When I click file, move, the hard drive destination file back up pathway remains.
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So, you select a file, click File>Move, click the Browse button to choose a different location but after clicking OK the location has not changed? Or, after browsing to the desired location and clicking OK, you click OK in the Move Selected Items window and the image is not moved?

Unless all of your images are going to be in a single folder, this may not be the most efficient way of proceeding, because you will have to do this File>Move procedure for each folder that your images are currently stored in. I can imagine that it could be hundreds of folders.

Really, I think your best bet is to deleted your current copies of the files (which can be done quickly from the Organizer), then delete the catalog file. Then restore your backup again, but this time restore the backup to the desired hard drive, that way nothing has to be moved. Just choose "New Location" in the Restore Catalog dialog window and Browse to the Photo hard drive. You can even maintain the same folder structure by checking the "Restore Original Folder Structure" option.
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Wow, this worked beautifully! Thank you so much Brett!!