LR imports into a "shadow" copy of the folder
I have a folder structure with a top level folder of "Photos". Under that I have sub-folders, and often a third level. Second level folder is year, so 2016, 2015 etc. I started having a problem with LR5 and it's persisting with LR6. I import into my 2016 folder but LR creates a structure that looks like this;
Notice the duplicate "2016" under the root? If I look in File Explorer it doesn't exist. LR shows 2 photos in the shadow 2016 folder (I just imported 2 photos) and 85 in the real one. If I use File Explorer I have 87 photos in the real 2016 folder. No other 2016 folder has been created.
This has been driving me nuts for a while. Is this a known problem? Is there a fix?
If I drag the two photos from the shadow 2016 folder to the real 2016 folder, LR says it can't because they are already there. With a lot of messing around I can get new photos in the correct location. The folders were created with LR.
If I have a lot of photos I sometimes import into a folder outside of this structure and only drag them into "2016" as I process them. If I do that the same thing happens, a phantom 2016 folder appears, in LR only, under the root.