How to Move A Folder Up The Directory Tree

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While organizing my LR Classic CC Catalog and working in the Library Module, I have found a folder on Drive C. I dragged it to Drive D, but was unable to insert it with my other top-level folders that are on Drive D. Now that it landed as a sub-folder of unrelated subjects, how is it possible in LR to move it to a higher level?
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Drag and drop .... on the line for D:Drive
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Jack

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Option 2, move it with your file utility program and re-import.
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Don't reimport! You'll lose the work you've done in Lightroom!

If you move it in Explorer/Finder, then you must right-click on the folder in the Folders panel, choose Find Missing Folder and redirect it to the new location.
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Sorry, Victoria, you are right, I wasn't thinking about losing the work that had been done.
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Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions. This is in fact what I chose to do because I knew these were all files that I had never processed in Lightroom. I used Windows Explorer to move the folder and files. I had zero risk in my special case.
What I learned after revisiting the situation was that I had at some time in the past checked an option or preference so that the parent folder would not be visible. This resulted in no "space" above the current level of folders that would allow me to drag the folder being moved above the level that I think of as my top level. There really is a level above it but it is an empty folder that is hidden.
All is good now. Except that Lightroom is doubling the label on this folder. Its name is Photographs 2017. But Lightroom displays the name as:
Photographs 2017 - Photographs 2017
Has anyone got a solution for this redundant name? Windows Explorer just calls it Photographs 2017.
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And if that doesn't do the trick, show us a screenshot and we can fill in the rest of the gaps.
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The folder you want to move it to may not be visible to you in the Folders Panel. If that is the case, Right-Click on the Folder you want to move and choose "Show Parent Folder". 

Lr won't show folders that are higher in the tree if you haven't told it to manage photos in those. I suggested a more robust "Organization Module" here:
 https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/module-suggestion-organize
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Steve I realized this late last night. Now that I have this empty folder shown it is named twice as Photographs 2017 - Photographs 2017. How do I get it to display the name the same way it is shown in Windows Explorer?
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Click on the + button at the top of the Folders panel and choose Folder Name Only. You might also find this useful: https://www.lightroomqueen.com/articles-page/long-list-folders-can-change-show-folder-hierarchy/
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Victoria, I appreciate the precision with which your describe things.