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Copy on import

inkjunkie

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Well, thanks to me being a bit heavy handed I managed to kill a hard drive. Was not paying attention when I was replacing a hard drive that was acting a bit goofy. In my wiggling the hard drive in place I broke the plastic part that covers the power connection of a SATA drive. Sadly that was not the drive that was acting up, it was the drive with all my 2019 images on it. Luckily I made a copy of that drive on January 1 of this year, just a simple copy/paste so the filing system was identical on the copy drive as the one I broke. I simply swapped drives and had no issues in LR.
Which leads me to my question. Now when I import images into LR I tick the make a copy box. However it does not put the images in a folder with the date they were taken, instead it creates a folder that I imported the images, on any given date there will be images from a dozen or so dates (the date they were taken). Is there a way to change this.
This is how the import drive looks.....lr folder.jpg
This is how the "copy" drive looks.....lrimportcopy.jpg
Or does this not matter? Say my import drive were to go belly up and I were to use the copy drive to rebuild the import drive. When I import the images from the copy drive will LR use the same type of filing system it initially used?
 
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The "make a second copy" feature is only meant to insure you have two copies of your images so you can reformat your card. You're right, it puts the images in a directory structure that has no correspondence to the directory structure that LR puts them in. Make a backup of your images as they are in Lightroom. Don't rely on "make a second copy."
 

inkjunkie

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The "make a second copy" feature is only meant to insure you have two copies of your images so you can reformat your card. You're right, it puts the images in a directory structure that has no correspondence to the directory structure that LR puts them in. Make a backup of your images as they are in Lightroom. Don't rely on "make a second copy."
Evening Hal...safe to assume that the copy/paste in Explorer is the better option?
 
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