Moved Lightroom to new laptop but...

jakeox

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I recently moved Lightroom from a Windows 10 laptop to a new Windows 10 laptop. I had a standard folder structure and copied my photos and catalog onto an external hard drive then copied the data onto my new laptop.

I thought all had gone OK as the folder structure looked fine and just as it was on the old laptop. I took a photo from my 2018 library in Lightroom, added a watermark and exported it successfully. This was saved in C: /Users /Jake/Pictures/Lightroom/2018 under a new folder named 2018-11-06 and all other previously amended photos in 2018 were present in their date ordered folders.

However, when I imported a photo not previously known to Lightroom and saved it, Lightroom created a new 2018 folder and a new 2018-11-06 folder, but not in the Lightroom folder:
C: /Users /Jake/Pictures/2018/2018-11-06

Of course I could move all the photos from the old 2018 folder into the new 2018 folder but this upsets the folder tree and makes 2018 non-standard to all previous years. Also if I imported photos from previous years and edited them in Lightroom I guess the same would happen and another year folder would be created outside the current Pictures/Lightroom/year structure.

Clearly I've done something wrong but from the above description is it possible to tell me what I missed during the move process and how do I correct it please?
 

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Welcome to the forum. In the folder panel, you can simply drag the folder "2018-11-06". to the proper 2018 folder under the "Lightroom" folder.
For the future, take a close look at the Import "Destination " panel. There should be a folder highlighted. It is this folder that will receive your new imported images using the defined organization scheme {By Date} and the Date Format scheme selected {2018/2018-11-06}. If the folder 2018 does not exist as a sub folder of the highlighted folder, LR will create it. What you want to do is highlight the folder "Pictures/Lightroom/". to get your imports to follow the previous folder scheme.
Once you have your Import parameters as you wish to have them including a destination folder of "Pictures/Lightroom/", you can create an import preset in the dropdown at the bottom of the Import panel.
 

jakeox

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Welcome to the forum. In the folder panel, you can simply drag the folder "2018-11-06". to the proper 2018 folder under the "Lightroom" folder.
For the future, take a close look at the Import "Destination " panel. There should be a folder highlighted. It is this folder that will receive your new imported images using the defined organization scheme {By Date} and the Date Format scheme selected {2018/2018-11-06}. If the folder 2018 does not exist as a sub folder of the highlighted folder, LR will create it. What you want to do is highlight the folder "Pictures/Lightroom/". to get your imports to follow the previous folder scheme.
Once you have your Import parameters as you wish to have them including a destination folder of "Pictures/Lightroom/", you can create an import preset in the dropdown at the bottom of the Import panel.
Thanks for your speedy reply Cletus. I'll give this a go and report back.
 
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