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Lightroom creates duplicate drive on import

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May 17, 2020

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When I import images into Lightroom, it creates a duplicate of the destination drive in Folders. My files are then split between the two drives, so the file structure in Lightroom is different than the file structure on the hard drive. 

For example, I group my images by year, then in subfolders by location. So if I were to import images into the 2020 folder and designate a new subfolder of "California", that is how they would import look when I look in File Exporer. In Lightroom however, Folders panel would show two drives on the same name (in my case the "I" drive). The California file would be on the top "I" drive, and the parent 2020 folder on the bottom "I" drive. I cannot drag the California folder into the 2020 folder in Lightroom as it tells me it is already there.

My work around has been to create a new subfolder in File Explorer (California 2 in this example) in the 2020 parent folder. I move all the images out of California to California 2 in File Explorer. Switching back into Lightroom, the California files are "missing", if I then direct Lightroom to find them in the California 2 folder they now appear properly as a subfolder of 2020. 

Obviously, this is a pain, and I would really like to fix it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

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Lightroom creates duplicate drive on import

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When I import images into Lightroom, it creates a duplicate of the destination drive in Folders. My files are then split between the two drives, so the file structure in Lightroom is different than the file structure on the hard drive. 

For example, I group my images by year, then in subfolders by location. So if I were to import images into the 2020 folder and designate a new subfolder of "California", that is how they would import look when I look in File Exporer. In Lightroom however, Folders panel would show two drives on the same name (in my case the "I" drive). The California file would be on the top "I" drive, and the parent 2020 folder on the bottom "I" drive. I cannot drag the California folder into the 2020 folder in Lightroom as it tells me it is already there.

My work around has been to create a new subfolder in File Explorer (California 2 in this example) in the 2020 parent folder. I move all the images out of California to California 2 in File Explorer. Switching back into Lightroom, the California files are "missing", if I then direct Lightroom to find them in the California 2 folder they now appear properly as a subfolder of 2020. 

Obviously, this is a pain, and I would really like to fix it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

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May 18, 2020

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Can you post a screen shot of the entire left column in Library mode showing your drives and folders?

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dj_Paige - that worked! It seemd complicated at first, but in truth is quite simple. Now, is there a way to keep Lightroom from doing this in the first place? It seem that the duplicat folder is created when I import photos, should I change my Import work flow?

 

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Are  you using  an import preset in your workflow? You may want to give that a try.

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