Lightroom: How can I move photos to different folder that have the same file number as photos already in that folder?

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As far as I can tell there are only 2 ways to organize photos in LR -- Folders and Collections. I'd like to move some photos to different folders but I cannot because they have the same file number as photos already in that folder. How can I do this?
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Rick Krach

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Jeff Yarbrough

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You can change the name of the files you want to move. Then move them.

If you don't know how to do this someone can explain it. It is easy.
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Carlos Cardona

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I agree with Jeff, so start now by renaming all imports from now on. In the future you won't have this problem. Now select the files, go Library menu and say Rename.
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If for some reason you want or need to have identical filenames for two different photos, and you want them in the same folder the only practical way is to create a folder within the folder and move the duplicate filename into the new sub-folder.

Otherwise, rename any duplicates: click to select the photo to be renamed, then hit F2 (Windows) to rename (or go to Library pull-down menu, select Rename Photo).
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David Fabian

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You are encountering a implementation standard for all operating systems. this is NOT an Adobe issue. 2 files of the same name cannot reside in the same directory (location). The above solutions on renaming the files will allow you to put the files in the same directory, but you MUST change the names. You can use something small like adding a "-A" to all the files.
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I solve this problem by giving my files names YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS origname.ext, where origname is the 8-character name that the camera gave the file. Since most cameras can make multiple exposures per second, the time (absent a milisecond) may not be unique, but since cameras increment the file name (for a while, until it rolls over), this pattern should always be unique. Then I don't have to worry when moving files, and if I do get a name conflict, it is because I have a duplicate.