Photoshop Elements: Re-establishing directories

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Is there a way to re-catalog all of the directories I have imported into PSE? I'm running version 8 (I know, I know), and have done quite a bit of organizing OUTSIDE of the product. The result is that the directory listing in Organizer is off-kilter with the real directories. Any way, short of re-installing, to get them back into sync?
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Reinstalling Photoshop Elements will not be of any aid here.

When you import an image into the Elements Organizer, what you are doing is providing information to a catalog database as to where the image is currently located. If that file is moved, renamed, or deleted outside of the Organizer, the connection to the file is lost.

Generally, you want to do your organizing using the Organizer. Everything you can do outside of Organizer can be done within it, often more efficiently, and will prevent these types of problems from arising.

Once you have lost a connection to a file, the Organizer will need to be reconnected to the file. To take care of all of your files at once, go to File > Reconnect> All missing files. This will start an automated process to find your files if they have been renamed or moved (using other information about the files to do so). This may take a while if you have a large number of missing files and a large hard drive.

The reconnection process can be helped along by clicking the Browse button and directing Elements to where the file is now.