Photoshop Elements Duplicate Files Names

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I have 45,000 images taken over many years with multiple cameras, some not mine. Needlesstosay I have a number of different images with the same file name eg IMG_0001.JPG.
Elements will not let me import these into Organizer.  I had thought the file name would include the path, as these files with the same names are in different folders.  But that does not seem to be the case.  So it seems that I have to rename all of my files.
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Jack Klaber

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Strange. I too have more than 45.000 images in my catalog and many have the same filename.
I would recommend to do a catalog repair and then optimization and see if the problem goes away.
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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The photodownloader in Elements does not care for file names to filter duplicates at Import time. What the organizer considers as 'duplicates' are files having the same file size in KB and the same date_taken as a file already in the current catalog.
Like Jack Klaber, I have many files with the same file name, but the organizer recognizes that they are different. The two above criteria are the best to avoid importing duplicates, but date_taken is not applicable to scans.
What is exactly your issue? Word for word error message? 
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Thank you. I was mistaken, the image that it would not import was already imported in another folder.  However, I now have a different problem in how PSE works.  I reorganised the photos in my source folders, deleted the relevant PSE folders then tried to import the new folders. However it now wont import them because it says the images are already in the catalog. But they are not visible to me as the new folders weren't imported.  So somehow I need to edit the catalog I suppose.

Or am I doing this all wrong?
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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There are no PSE folders. The catalogs are just that: lists of 'digital records' similar to 'cards' in a conventional filing cabinet. They store links (drive and folder paths to where the image file is located in your Explorer/Finder as well as a lot of information from your camera and yourself - keywords - captions as well as a small thumbnail image for fast visual search and display.
The organizer uses a lot of indexes and tools for grouping files, managing multicriteria searches, but it can let you do the physical reorganization of folders you have been doing outside of the organizer. If you delete 'folders' from the organizer, you are asked if you want to remove them from the catalog (de-reference them) and also delete them from disks.

The organizer works like all managing softwares based on catalogs; Lightroom works in the same way.
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As my English teacher used to say: "Be specific". If you used PSE to delete folders, it would have asked you if you also wanted to delete the files and the folder from the disk (as MB said). If you did, then you will have to look in your recycle bin for them. If you used Explorer/Finder to move files to new folders (or re-named the folders) outside of PSE then PSE will still have the files in its catalog but will no longer know their folder location. In this case, in PSE use Find All Missing Files. When PSE has found the "missing files", you could either put in the correct folder or you could delete the files from the catalog WITHOUT DELETING FROM THE DISK and then re-import from the correct folders. You could also get some insight as to what is going on by using PSE to "Find by Filename" a file whose name you know but that PSE will not import because it still has it in its catalog.