Full import when adding and not mapping photos?

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With the new LR-CC, when I went to "add" photos, it tried to re-import my entire catalog again into its own folder, instead of simply mapping where I have my photos. This meant I was several hundred GB short of the needed space to import my photos, just for 2017, since I only shoot in RAW.

Why not map where photos are, so they can be edited and sync, instead of going down this route? I have a dedicated folder structure that spans over a decades worth of photos, I am not buying a new HDD or 2 just to be able to use this program.
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Lightroom CC uses a different file structure than LrClassic. It references the photos it imports to the cloud from a package it creates of those images. While that happens it can take up a lot of hard drive space. 

Lightroom CC is not for everyone and if you just wanted an upgrade for Lightroom then Lightroom Classic is the better choice for you. Lightroom CC is not meant to be an upgrade to your current Lightroom version. It is a totally new and separate program geared toward a cloud based mobile experience. There may be times you want to use that but for large volume workflows Classic is the better way to go.

I hope that helps.