Lightroom: Import from SD Card did not import

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I posted this in the discussion, and someone suggested I post here:
I did an import last night from a memory card and followed my usual
workflow, correctly ejected the card with no error, and thought
everything was fine. This morning Lr tells me all the images are
missing. When I ask it to find the folder where it thinks the images
are, it names the memory card, which I foolishly formatted. I have
changed no preferences. All imports have previously gone to a folder
with the name corresponding to the date, in the import path. Again, I
changed no preferences or anything. Why did LR decide not to import as
it has always done? I am up to date on LR Creative Cloud. Is a random
readjustment of the import preferences a new "feature"? Brilliant!
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Sounds like you're Adding the images from their current location (the memory) rather than Copying the images from the card to your local drive. (See step 3. in the link to specify the either Add or Copy)
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I did nothing different from what I have always done. If something changed in the last update, it is not my fault. When I get in my car in the morning, I expect to work pretty much like it did the day before.
The sensible default is for the images to import to folders with the date in the name in the same folder as the lrcat into which they are being imported. I have several catalogs for different purposes, and use portable external drives, a MacBook pro, and an iMac desktop. I want to work exclusively from external drives, and set up folders so the organization of the catalogs and the images is rational. I really HATE it when the import defaults to the "Pictures" folder on the hard drive after an update, because I work on my images on external drives but multiple computers.  But this leaving it on the card and letting me develop images for a couple of hours is really stupid. I assumed it was doing what I had set it up to do.
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I had exactly the same problem. Imported from sd card, but Lightroom did not copy to the hard disk.
Please note that Lightroom does not let you Add or Move files when importing from a card.
nasty, nasty bug