I searched the internet for answers to my question regarding the "Make a Second Copy To" feature of Lightroom Classic import. I read the questions and some of the answers were totally irellevant to the questions asked. So, I am going to ask the question again: Why can't the folder names for "Make a Second Copy To" be formatted in such a way that the folders can be sorted by date? Know what I mean? If the folder name for the day of import was something like Imported on 2019-10-03 in lieu of Imported on Thursday, October 3, 2019, then all the folders in the import directory could be sorted by date. Please do not tell me the "Make a Second Copy To" is only for temporary use. That response would be totally irrelevant to my question. I would like to simply see the folders sorted by date, which would make it much easier to find the folder I am looking for.
It looks like Lightroom uses the "long date" format as set in your OS?
For my 2nd copies I get folders like: "Imported on September-13-19" which matches the current Windows Long date format.
So updating this setting in the OS may get you close to what you want?
I modifed the Windows regional setting for the "long date" format to yyyy-MM-dd. After I did this the 2nd copy folder now reads "Imported on 2019-10-03" I do not know if there is a equivalent setting for MacOS
You should be able to import to any folder you desire. But, you may need to create that folder before the import. And you may need to add that folder in the folder panel, so that lightroom includes a reference to it in the database (the catalog) before the import.
One warning, do not be creative in terms of upper and lower case letters. October would probably be fine, OCTOBER might cause issues, especially if some are October, others as OCTOBER. (mostly a MAC OS issue)
The really unfortunate design problem with the "make second copy" feature is that it does not use the exact same folder structure as the primary destination.
OK, makes sense then post a feature request in the appropriate forum.
Maybe you would need to have an additional drive with the same folder structure with a different Drive letter.!
If you had a duplicate similar folder structure on the same drive with duplicate folders and had a drive failure then you would lose both the original and the duplicate.
Yes, changing file name to a date syntax.
Always forget, most people do not do this. Many pros do.
I always rename my photos, and I do this at import, to the syntax
They get properly named via the capture date metadata. Works on MAC as well as WIN, despite the issues on MAC OS with capture date metadata after import.
Any photos in the same second get a suffix number added by default.
I never ever have issues sorting my date as I can accomplish that by sorting by file name
Pros often do this precisely to control sorting by full date, and not having issues properly reading metadata to sort by date. Any other sort criteria is via keywords.