I have written before how I use the PSE Backup/Restore commands to not only back up my photos, but also whenever I upgrade to a new computer. My first blog post on the subject was in May 2008. That post focused on moving your images to an external hard drive. The basic concept is you use the PSE Backup command to capture all of your images, their tags, projects etc, and then use the Restore command to move them and the Catalog itself to the external drive.
I have used this command pair several times over the years. Today, I used it again but with an added twist. My goal was to not only have my pictures on my second internal drive, Drive F, but to keep the Catalog file in the default location on the C Drive. Normally when you use the Backup/Restore command pair to relocate your Catalog and images, the Catalog file is put in a folder on the destination drive, in my case Drive F.
Remember it is the Catalog file that houses your preview images that you view when using the Organizer. External hard drives are generally not as fast as internal drives, at least currently. So, if you have moved your images and Catalog to an external hard drive, you may want to consider putting your Catalog file back onto your C Drive. You may not notice the difference for relatively small Catalogs, but it might slow down your working with the Organizer for large Catalogs. My prime photo Catalog has over 26K images, so I want to do anything that will increase the performance of PSE. That is why I chose to put my photos on a second internal Hard drive and not an external one. Here are the steps I did today.
1. I did a Full Backup to an external hard drive using the PSE Backup command.
2. Using the PSE Restore command, I restored my Catalog to a folder on my F Drive.
At this point, my photo images and Catalog are on my F drive. This would be the external hard drive for those people relocating their images and Catalog to an external hard
3. I then renamed my Catalog using File > Catalog > Rename to some other name.
4. I then moved the renamed Catalog back to the C Drive using File > Catalog > Move, and selecting the Catalogs Accessible by All Users option. This moves the Catalog
file to the default location on the C Drive, but the images remain on the F Drive in my case.
5. Finally, I reset the location where my camera’s pictures will be uploaded to reflect the new location on my F Drive, using Edit > Preferences > Camera and Card Reader.
I did the above today, and everything seems to be working fine. I had done Step 1 yesterday, so I started with Step 2 today, which took three and one-half hours to complete. Also, after the Catalog was restored, it took a couple of more hours to generate all of the thumbnails. However, you can use the Organizer while this is going on.
By the way, when you Restore your images to a new location/drive they still are also in their original location. Once you know the relocated Catalog/images are working fine, you can delete them from their original location. I normally do this in stages checking for any Reconnect problems as I go. That is what I’m about to do now.
Until next time.