LIGHTROOM: Duplicate photos copied to hard drive folders.

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LR creates duplicate files in hard drive directory when source is the same as destination?

Hi, this is all that I was able to retrieve of lengthy chat session.
In both LR 4 and LR5 when the import directory is the same as the destination directory a duplicate file with a xxxxx-2.xxx is created in the hard drive folder when a new file is imported into the catalog. We tried recreating the profile, creating new catalogs and choosing different options and ran many tests. We were not able to determine the cause. This happens in both LR4 and LR5. I usually shoot in NEF and convert to DNG. So this problem never occurred until I tried adding some older jpg files to my catalog. My Adobe Id is Howielynn@me.com. I am Creative Cloud Member. It also occurs when I try and add a DNG file converted by a previous catalog.

Your Adobe ID:HOWIEKAY1@COMCAST.NET
Your Case Number:0184917323
Case Description:Chat:Duplicates (CH30687200)

Hello Howie.
Thank you for contacting Adobe.
Please create a new administrator account on your computer and check if Lightroom imports the images fine.
Thank you, Ganesh.

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If the photos are already in the right folder, why do you have it set to copy the photos, rather than just add at existing location?
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Hi Victoria,
Thanks for helping. I knew their had to be a correct way to do this. I misunderstood "add at existing location" . The dng files obviously have to be saved but not the jpgs? I think that confused me. Doesn't take much these days. For the next confusion, how can I reach you?
Howie
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Hi Victoria,
Thanks for helping. I knew their had to be a correct way to do this. I misunderstood "add at existing location" . The dng files obviously have to be saved but not the jpgs? I think that confused me. Doesn't take much these days. For the next confusion, how can I reach you?
Howie
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Hi Howard

The "add at existing location" imports the photos into the catalog without duplicating them, whereas copy does exactly what it suggests - copies the file.

As you had the source and destination as the same location, it wouldn't allow you to overwrite the existing files, so it added -2 to the filenames. When you do it with NEF files being converted to DNG, you're ending up with a NEF file and a DNG file, but they don't have the same filename so you don't get the -2.

You're always welcome to reach me via my website http://www.lightroomqueen.com/
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Thanks for the help.  Please close this question.  Howie