Lightroom CC seems to create virtual copies in Lightroom Classic

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I am experimenting with bringing images from my hard drive into lightroom cc.  I loaded a folder full of images into CC and then compared the images in CC to the same folder in Classic.  I believe CC created Virtual Copies of some of the images, but not all of the images.

My view of CC shows only one image.  My view of Classic shows either two images (the original and the virtual) OR it shows only one image (no Virtual Copy).  To be clear... in Classic I have either two images per original image or only one.

To add to my confusion... it seems that changes to the Virtual Copies sync between Classic and CC views.  The NON Virtual Copy does NOT.  

Any images that do not have a virtual copy do sync between CC and Classic.

Can anyone explain this to me?

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That typically means that the same photos (with virtual copies) are independently imported to both LrClassic and LrCC. LrClassic has a mechanism to detect such conditions via check sums. So instead of LrClassic managing them as separate assets, LrClassic creates VCs to also avoid clobbering the independent edits happened in both LrCC and LrClassic. 

Under LrClassic's left hand side panel, there is also a row entry named "Synced Duplicates" that collects what LrClassic thinks are the duplicates.

See for a similar thread.