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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Fabian Sebastian

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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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Mahatva Sheta

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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.