import from another catalog on LightRoom CC imports previews but not photos

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I am trying to import photos from my laptop catalog to my desktop. I selected the folders that contain new photos only.The previews import into the desktop catalog but the photos do not. (I have selected import new photos and designated the directory.) I tried a few times but finally gave up and just copied the files to the desktop drive and imported them from there. Of course none of the LR adjustments are there. In this case it is only a couple hundred photos and only a few are important. However, in the future I would like to be able to depend on LR to import from the catalog. On the laptop the catalog is on C: and photos are on D: which is a USB external drive.
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First, I need to make sure you selected "Copy files to a new location" when you did this. See the photo and let me know. In the image, the WRONG choice is selected. You would need to move the selection to "Copy Files to a New Location and Import". Let me know...
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Maybe when still in your notebook Lightroom you sould create a collection (not a folder) of those photos you worked on. Then proceed to "export this collections a s a catalog". Then on your desktop's Lightroom proceed to import that catalogue.
Right?
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Not sure, but I'm king of guessing from your description that you didn't use the "Export as Catalog" function on your laptop to start the process.  Is that correct?

There are lots of ways to move things back and forth between computers, but here are a couple links to a pretty typical laptop-to-desktop workflow that's always worked flawlessly for me -

From Desktop to Laptop: Syncing Catalogs on Two Computers in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

Moving Lightroom catalogs from laptop to desktop and back

Some may be a little dated, but the concepts are the same.
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I did select "copy files to new location". I initiated the process from my desktop via "import from another catalog". I have done it this way in the past. But I was running Windows 7 then. I am now running Windows 10. It did not occur to me to create a collection and a separate catalog. It seems that my problem is transferring the photos from the laptop and that this might run into the same issue. I will try it. I actually have a collection of some of the photos. I will also check the links suggested. I would like to find a simple way that I can rely on.
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I am Windows 10 and I just tried it and it works perfectly.
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You can almoast regard the location of the photos as an other matter as the one to have your editing transfered from one LR to the other.
You select the images (or collection) and export as a catalogue (name it for instance 'Transfere LP to DT date'.
Open LR in DT (desktop) and import that catalogue (that you later can discard).
Now the actual photos might be missing..
Just tel it where they are or first COPY them (without the use of LR) to your wanted/accessible to your DT-LR location
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I did try this, but I copied the photo files first and then the catalog. When I tried to link to the files it told me it was a duplicate location and I could not have two locations for the same photo. It showed the location on the laptop. I tried it again--this time I imported from the catalog first and then copied the files to the new directory on the desktop. I then could go to the photo preview showing the missing photo and then link it to the right directory. This worked, but if I have a lot of folders I think this will be very tedious. It may be that there is an issue since in both cases the photos are on the D: drive. I don't know enough about the file path workings to know if this makes sense or not. But LR should know they are two different systems.
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What do You mean when You write taht in bouth cases the files are on D? Do You mean "on the respective D's (of each computer) ? -    "Anyway": I don't quite understand how You would (want to) do it differently then just navigate to the folder that You have to designate - and You then cannot be in a situation of having two drives of the same denominating letter.

( I think to remember that it is not good (for LR) to have photos freely in a drive. You should always have a main Folder dedicated to Your photo-Files, one on each driver concerned. That issue is maybe not at all Yours, but it is an important thing that comes to my mind just know and not totally off-topic.)

I don't quite understand how you can think, believe, that it matters what You did first; copy to a drive accessible to Your desktop, or copy first the formulas of Your editing (catalog data).
(You must have Your reasons, but I don't understand yet "your" miss conception"..)

Let's assume an other configuration - theoretical (or for real) :

You have (lets assume) only one computer, Your Laptop.
You have LR on You Laptop, and Images in Your Laptop's drive "D".

Lets assume You want to make space on Your Laptop's drive D
( not saying here that You are concerned to have a backup - witch You should -but that's not the point here).

How would You proceed ?

You'd probably hook up a new drive, name it (Yourself. Don't let the PC just randomly give it an ever-changing letter), let's say  "PHOTOS 1".

Then create within that new Drive the main folder called for instance "Photos_A_2014_04" (date of oldest photos), where-in You will join ALL future new folders of (only ̈) photos, xml or dng
 ( I mean: no Excell, Word, mails etc.)
into that main folder dedicated to photos.

There should be ONE main folder dedicated for photos per drive
(You can have other folders with other stuff, but there must be only ONE Folder (with subfolders in it, or a mix with free photofiles)
With photo-folder for instance with names giving hints to its content
(myself I dont like folders named just by dates only): such for instance  "Weekend soso",  "birthday.." 

You could then, within (!) LR, navigate to the drive D(from Laptop),
create there a folder named "ToExportFromLatop-D",
glide all You want into that new folder within D.
Since You made this from within LR, LR will not be lost but still know where the photos are.

Now You can, without LR, go and copy that new folder  "ToExportFromLatop-D"  from D to Drive "PHOTOS 1"  : into its folder "Photos_A_2014_04".
(better do not "transfer", but "copy").

Verify that the contents of folder are identical (weight, number of everything).
Then, on D (not from within LR) rename that "original" folder to  "ToExportFromLatop-D_OLD".

Now LR will not find the photos. Right?
Back in LR You will now have to guide LR to the new Drive, navigate to it's main folder, designate the Folder "ToExportFromLatop-D"  (witch is the copy) on the new, external drive.

Now, You should  (within the navigation of LR) select that folder "ToExportFromLatop-D",
and rename it meaningfully to You.

(You could keep "ToExportFromLatop-D_OLD" untill You backet-up drive "PHOTOS 1" to another external drive called "BKUP PHOTOS 1" - but thats another matter that can be finetuned differently)

Lets say now that You un-hook this external Drive "PHOTOS 1"  and connect it to Your Desktop computer : You will be able to designate the folders once required by your Desktop LR (once You've imported the temporary "catalogue" (consisting of what I described in my previous answer/post, right?)


If all these hypothetical principles here above are understood,
then there should be no problem for You to apply the same reasoning to Your actual intent, I believe (hope :-) )

( But I do favor actually that all photos should be on external disk
(because You can structure the content with the intent that it is not temporary. Once full You add a disk. You cannot reason like this with internal disk. And hsi way You can hook it up to any LR/PC)
when ever possible right at import from cards (actually directly copy -wile import- to TWO locations at once - the main copy external)
To me, external drives (cartridges in tower) should be the ultimately designated location of the originals. (Now and then; clone that external drive (with a cloning dockingstation) onto a 3rd Drive to bring it into another location. I should explain that differently - but it's not the place for it now).
Sorry, had "no time to make it short and elegant"  ;-)