After completing the restore process, verify that there are no disconnected or offline items in your catalog. If necessary, choose File > Reconnect > All Missing Files to reconnect the files. Also verify that the location shown in the Properties panel for the photos matches the location to which you restored the catalog. If the Properties panel is not visible, choose Window > Properties. Then select a few photos at random in the catalog and verify that the correct location is displayed in the General tab of the Properties window. For more information about reconnecting files, see Reconnecting missing files in the Elements Organizer in Elements Organizer Help.
If your original catalog contained offline proxies stored in the default location, those files are in one or more folders inside the folder to which you restored. If the files were imported to the catalog as offline files, the proxy files are located in a folder with the name of the offline disk. (For example, the files could be in C:\My Picture Album\<Disk Name>). If the files were moved offline after being imported, the proxy files are located in a folder with the name of the catalog. For more information about offline photos, read Copy or move items offline in Elements Organizer Help.
The catalog file (catalog.psedb) is located in the folder to which you chose to restore the catalog. If you want to move the catalog file to a different location after you restore it, choose File > Catalog. Select the name of your catalog, then click Move.
Note: Before you can use the Incremental Backup option on the catalog in a new location, first back up the catalog from that location. Use the Full Backup option. After a new full backup, you can delete the old backup on your external hard drive. Or, you can discard or erase the old CD or DVD discs used for the old backup.
Important: On your new computer, a default installation of Photoshop or Adobe Premiere Elements creates the Catalogs folder in the default location:
- Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\Catalogs
- Windows Vista/7: C:\Program Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\Catalogs
- Macintosh: /Users/[User Name]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Elements Organizer/Catalogs
Inside the Catalogs folder, each individual catalog file (catalog.psedb) is located inside a folder. The folder also contains important related files, such as the thumbnail cache and the offline items folder. Do not delete this folder or any of the contents. If you want to change the location for these items, choose File > Catalog, select the name of your catalog, then click Move. For more information about managing your catalog files, see Common catalog issues when you upgrade | Elements 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 Organizer (cpsid_85996).