I've just upgraded to PSE2019 and have never attempted a backup/restore process.
I have a rather large catalog stored on my C:, which points to all media located on V:\Photos\*\*\*. I'm assuming the target location for the restore process refers to the location of the media data, and that the catalog folder itself will be placed in the default location for Photoshop Organizer, namely, C:\ProgramData\Adobe\ElementsOrganizer\Catalogs. I read in another thread that if media were backed up from several locations, it would be restored to the target location specified, but placed in sub-folders for each of the original locations. So I'm assuming that if I restore my backup catalog to X: instead, the restore process will create a subdirectory for V: and place the media there. Something like X:\Vdrive\Photos\*\*\*. The documentation is unclear on this, so can anyone confirm or correct my thinking?
No, the target location for the restore refers not only to the media files, it also refers to the location of the catalog.
And there are excellent reasons for that choice instead of restoring the catalog to the default (hidden) location.
You can move to a new computer, a new drive or partition. Depending on your choice, you may want the catalog folder to be stored on the default location or on the new location.
Why would you want the catalog to be in the new custom location?
- if you restore to an external drive to share between several computers
- if you have a small internal SSD and want to use another internal or external drive for both media and catalog to save space on the SSD.
- if you have to restore several different catalogs to a single new drive, it's clearer to keep the catalogs in their respective destination.
If you prefer to keep the catalogs in the default location, good, you simply have to use the catalog manager and move the catalog to the default location after the restore.
Do you think most Elements users know that the only way to move a catalog folder from that default location to a custom one is to use the Explorer/Finder outside the organizer?
So, after performing a restore to a given master folder, the catalog folder will be situated just under that master folder.
The question about restoring files from different drives (not "different locations") describes how the contents of each drive is restored (under the master restore folder) with new subfolders named according to the original drives. You get a single master restore folder with different subfolders for each original drive, but a single catalog folder under that master restore folder.