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Picasa not recognizing certain folders.
February 20, 2017
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Purchased a new laptop several months ago and installed picasa without problems. However, I now need to get the photos off my old laptop and am moving them to the photo folder on my NAS using Picasa to accomplish the move. The move seems to be working fine, but when I go to picasa on the new laptop they are not being displayed. The other pictures in the NAS photo folder are displayed on the new laptop but not the recent ones moved from my old computer. 

Folder manager shows the moved folders as being scanned, but they are not displayed. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling Picasa (did not delete the database) but this did not help. The photos are displayed on the old laptop in the new location and also on my desktop machine that  I checked just to be sure. Not sure where to go from here.

Hoping you will once again solve my problem.

Enjoying your new google photos book and hopefully I will get the courage to start moving in that direction after I get my present problem resolved.

Thanks in advance for your help.

February 21, 2017
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hmmmm, not sure here.

First thing I would try is to use Folder manager on the new laptop. Remove the new folders from your NAS, click OK. Then go back in and reselect them with Scan Always.

Picasa doesn’t like being used by multiple users/computers. The database is single-user only and I think it’s getting confused.

Let me know what happens.

February 22, 2017
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Thanks. Had tried folder manager but after your suggestion I did some more experimenting with folder manager removing folders on the mapped NAS photo drive and the adding them back. Took a few tries but eventually got them recognized and displayed on the new machine.

The only problem now is I still have a bunch of folders to move off the old machine and they are not immediately recognized by Picasa on the new computer. Guess I will have to repeat the process periodically until all the files are moved. The good news is I know it will work.

Appreciate your help.

March 1, 2017
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Are you doing the moving with Picasa? I think that’s key. From within PIcasa, you right click on a folder and select move – select the new location and Picasa does the work …. and Picasa now knows where it is.

Check out these videos:

March 2, 2017
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Thanks for your follow up. Am slowly making progress, but no more major problems getting new computer to recognize the transfers to the NAS. Had watched your videos several times and they were a big help. Have used Picasa to make the moves as much as possible. Sometimes it was not practical as I needed to transfer to an existing folder with no images.

Reorganization was a big problem as we did not start using Picasa until late 2011 and had a bunch of pictures on the computer that were  already uploaded using different programs. This was further complicated because initially we did not realize you can set the camera to number files consecutively and each time we cleared the cards the file numbering started all over again and we had lots of duplicate file names. You might want to consider reminding people to consider setting their camera to number consecutively in one of your tips. Our cameras both go up to 9,999 before starting over at 1.

This has been a real learning process that hopefully will be over soon and I can move on to Google Photos if for no other reason than back up. Think my big challenge there is dealing with old photos that have the date digitized instead of the date taken as I understand Google photos sorts by date. Know you sort of dealt with this on one of your tips regarding an old family picture, but not sure if you can do this for a bunch of pictures in some form of batch mode.

Again thanks for all your help and support. Will certainly be contacting you if I have more problems.

March 2, 2017
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Glad to hear you’re working your way thru it.

Yes, you can batch date photos using Picasa. Here’s an article on that.

You can also change dates after the photos are in Google Photos, but … that doesn’t change the date in the file metadata, just in the Google Photos database. So, if you can, it’s better to do it with Picasa before uploading. Change photo dates using Google Photos

Just checking that you’re not making more work for yourself than necessary … you don’t have to organize your photos on your hard drive before uploading to Google Photos. Google Photos desktop uploader can find your photos from wherever they are and upload them all to your account in the cloud. It does not maintain your folder structure from the compute to the cloud. Here’s another video for you to watch 🙂 395. Google Photos Autobackup: How to Install on Windows

March 3, 2017
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Hi Chris–

I just had the same experience with Picasa not recognizing a folder.  I didn’t do anything new or different….no new computer like the lady in above posts.  I turned the “always scan” option on and off with the “Picasa Folder Manager” with no success.  I read your answer above so that.  In File Explorer, I moved the February photos into a temporary file.  Then created a new February folder and moved the pictures into it.  It worked on the first try.  For some weird reason Picasa didn’t seem to like the first folder I created.  All is okay now but I was surprised to read this forum post where someone had a similar issue with not recognizing a folder.  See you SOON.

SueSmile

March 17, 2017
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Hi Chris,

Using Picasa I have completed moving about 98% of my photo files (40,000+ pictures) from the old computer to my NAS and new computer is recognizing them without more problems. During the process I had some questions I hope you can answer.

!. Sometimes when consolidating folders I seem to be getting more photos. When I move pics to a folder that Picasa says has 100 photos and I move a folder to it that Picasa says has 50 photos, I end up with the new consolidate folder saying it has more than 150 pics in it and the moved empty folder is no longer recognized . Any ideas where the additional pics come from?

2. I have been deleting the empty folders (folder does still have the hidden picasa.ini file) from the old computer using Windows Explorer. Several of the folders have subfolders with pics still in them which I think are duplicates of files in the top folder. Is there anyway to verify they are duplicates before deleting them? Picasa is no longer showing them in the folder.

3. When deleting folders using Windows Explorer the Pictures folder is displaying several hidden Picasa3Temp read only folders. The folders have lots of pictures from multiple dates, etc. I think these pictures are duplicates, but want to be sure before deleting.  

Hope I have been clear with my questions and am confident you have all the answers. My wife is the main Picasa user for loading, editing, etc. which can make my job interesting.

Thanks again in advance.

Lon MorreyConfused

March 22, 2017
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Hi Chris,

I expect you are busy, but had not heard back on my above March 17 post and wanted to be sure I had not done something wrong and it just got lost between the cracks.

When looking for my post did wonder if there is an easy way to search for a topic in the forum.

Hope all is well and that I hear back soon.

Lon MorreySmile

March 23, 2017
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Yes, Lon – we’ve been at a rally this week and just very very busy.

You can search for a topic in the forum using the search box at the top just under your picture.

1. When you say you consolidate a folder to another, are you using Picasa tools to do so? or Windows Explorer? Be sure to use Picasa, select all the photos and drag them to the new folder. As for the numbers – You certainly should not end up with more photos than you started with. Realize that folders will show the combined number of photos from all it’s subfolders.

2. When deleting “empty” folders, you see subfolders with pictures. Then those aren’t empty! The only way to verify whether the pictures in the subfolders are duplicates is to visually verify that. When you get to this level of reorganizing – you really need to pay close attention the photos and the numbers to verify that everything is getting to the right place. I usually keep a pen and paper and write down numbers and notes of photos. 

I’m flattered that you think I have all the answers 🙂 but, at this point, it’s all about your photos and really paying attention to where they’re going. If it were me, I’d be uploading everything to Google Photos too – then I know I have everything regardless of how I move folders around.

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