Elements 13: Watched folders aren't working on the root of networks drives (T:\)

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Adobe Fotoshop Elements 13 / Organizer
Watched folders aren't working on the root of networks drives (T:\).
Is there a solution for this problem available?
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Daniel Semon

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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Just a question from an old Windows user : why do you store pictures on a root folder ? That has always been considered an heresy. Doing it on network drive seems a bit hazardous, no?
The solution seems obvious : create a master folder for your media under the root.
That said, I am also curious like you as to why watched folders don't work there. Do you get an error message, or does the watching process simply never find newly added pictures?
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There are folders, many different folders and that's the problem with watched folders. If I want to watch for all these folders I have to add every single folder. I'd like to add only the T:\ in the organizer as watched destination otherwise if I add a now folder I have to add this again. That network drive contains only images filed in folders.
And, yes, If you want to add T:\ for example, you will receive an error message.
Thanks.
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I understand you want to be able to have a folder with all its subfolders automatically searched.
There is a checkbox for that option on the top of the watched folder dialog.
If you create a master folder with all your other image folders as its subfolders, you should have what you want.

Try it:
- create a master folder like T:\MyPhotos in the Organizer or Explorer
- For testing, create a subfolder under MyPhotos, and add new files
- In the 'Watched folders' dialog, add MyPhotos and check the option with subfolders.
- Open the Organizer and see if the Watched folders process detects the new additions.
To move down your existing folders from T: to MyPhotos:
- From the 'Folders' panel on the left panel of the Organizer, look at the folder trees under T:- move one of those folders by drag and drop on the new MyPhotos master folder.
- If that works (it should...) do the same for your other folders.
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Many thanks for your efforts, Michel. That's correct and that will work but I don't want to move all my folders to one folder for only this purpose. I think it should be possible for adobe to add that feature to their product. I think many other people will have the same problem if they have a Network Storage to store and categorize their photos into different folders. What do you think? Thanks, Dani
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From my experience very few Elements users use Network Storage. This requires to have above average computer knowledge, and I may be wrong, but that also means that that kind of user will not want to store pictures directly within a root folder, be it network or not.
Well, you'll see if other users add their votes here...
I am not competent enough with network storage, but what I do know is that using external USB drives is the trend now. Much quicker, affordable and easier. Storing to Internet sites is also what people are looking for today.