The answer might be to simply update the folder location in the Folder panel of Lightroom-Classic. ie. Leave the photo files exactly where they are.
See Step#2 in "Option Two" of this link- (Consider your files already 'moved'.)
Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 12.2 Photoshop 24.2, ACR 15.2, Lightroom 6.2, Lr-iOS 8.0.8, Bridge 13.0.2, Windows-11.