Recommendations on organizing file folders linked to Elements 13 catalog?

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Looking for input on organizing my photo file locations from numerous folders to only one or a few. My catalog is linked to > 50k of photos. When I first started saving photos on my computer in 2001 I created a folder for the year and a sub folder for each month in order to not keep too many files in each folder. Well, 15 years later that's a lot of folders. Upon importing into PSE, I converted the name of each photo file name to the capture date, which makes the photos easy to identify. Please let me know suggestions on how best to manage file directories on my hard drive - is it better to have one folder with > 50k of photos?
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Bill Connors

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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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It's never a good idea to have so many files in a single folder.
If you are using mainly the organizer, the folder structure is not really important. If you have to use external tools or to share the library with other users, your present tree structure seems better.
There is always a debate about the usefulness to rename files... I only do it when I feel it's necessary. For instance, if I have a sorted album, I may export renamed copies so that an external tool (slideshow...) can recognize my custom order.
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I organized mine similar to the way you do only I create subfolders with the date the photo was shot.
I think fewer files per folder makes it easier to find what you are looking for, but it is really a personal preference.  If you view the folders as a tree, you can collapse the folders you are not working with to keep the list a little more manageable in the organizer.