Photoshop: How do I re-link a linked image copy without relinking the first image?

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I placed a linked image in my document, did some transformations and then copied it (CTRL+J). Now I'm trying to replace that copy (relink only this copy) without changing the original image in my document. "Relink to file" and "Replace content" both change the copy and my original image. "New Smart Object via Copy" was my way to un-parent smart-object-copies, but this option is not available for linked images. So what do I do? I could place a new linked image, but there is no way to copy the transforms that I can't recreate. And there seams to be no way to relink only the copy.
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eartho

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currently, there's no simple way to do this without embedding the linked, then converting it back to a linked with a new name, and then re-linking to the file you want to link to.

I do love the linked object workflow, but it definitely needs to be refined.
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make duplicate psd and relink image in duplicate file then drag and drop layer back to original file EZ...    
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you've got to fix this, Adobe. Make an option for linking to a library element that is a new link for that element only, not all copies of that element. basically a version of new element copy or something.
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agreed - this is a pain that i can't duplicate a layer then replace the contents of just the new layer without replacing contents of the original. laying out product photography, for example many lamps of the same size with different colors, takes way longer trying to resize each newly placed item than if I were able to just duplicate the first placement then replace with the new color file.
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to get around this, i make a master psd which holds all the lamps, then create layer comps within that psd, place in a new doc as linked, them use the properties panel to swap layer comp states. You can duplicate the placed linked layer as many times as you want and apply a different layer comp to each layer.
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Yes I am having the same problem. I have created a layer with a photo and added a clipping mask then duplicated the layer to another artboard and just wanted to replace the photo with another image while keeping my clipping mask and keeping the original photo in the original layer. Is there a way to do this?