Lightroom: make moving photos a lot better

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A lightroom CC bugbear I have is simply moving photos.
I have all my photos on a NAS with a mapped drive y:\pictures.
Every now and again I've not noticed the pictures have been importing into the local c:\pictures.
I use the year\month\day folder structure.
I want to drag c:\pictures to y:\pictures and have lightroom move all the pictures under all the subfolders, and remove all the empty folders under c:
Instead the brain dead lightroom helpfully tells me 'A folder named Pictures already exists at this location'.
I have to move each day folder one at a time - tedious!

I've seen people asking for a better move function in lightroom for at least 8 years. Come on Adobe, make it better!
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No you can Select All the Day folder at the same time, click the top folder then Shift key click the bottom folder. Drag and drop them in the Y:\Pictures folder.

Or even better yet create an Import Preset that sets the Destination, that is the Drive and folder (it is in the Right hand column/panel of the import dialog and it is called "Destination") for the new images to be imported into. Along with other settings which look like they are set to create a subfolder for each day the image were shot on.
Save that preset and when importing images, "IF", the destination isn't set correctly then select that Saved import preset.
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Lightroom offers the same options as the Operating system does. Follow the suggestions of Just shot me to improve your workflow.
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@Just Shot Me, I already use a destination preset, but every now and again you realize at some time you have done an import on the road without the NAS attached, and photos now need to be moved.

Yes, it is theoretically possible to shift click multiple folders and if you are lucky manage to drag them into just the right spot without loosing it, but this is an extremely difficult maneuver on a surface pro with a touchpad rather than a mouse. Also you cant do it in one batch if your days span a month boundary.
What would be CONSIDERABLY easier if I could just right click in c:\pictures, select Move and select the destination y:\Pictures. Thousands of Lightroom users would emit a collective sigh of relief.

@Roelof Moolag There is no limitation on the part of the operating system. The built in robocopy command can do exactly what I want, but then Lightroom wont know where I've moved them. The problem is with Lightroom to fix.

Nothing wrong with my workflow, I just want a better move command.

Come on Adobe, you can do it.
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Oh, and I've also checked in with Jeffrey Friedl if a third party plugging could make up for Lightrooms glaring deficiency, because I'd even pay someone else for such a utility. But tragically Lightroom doesn't allow a plugin to move photos within the database.

So it really is a job only Adobe can fix.

I'm begging, fix it. It should be trivial.
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Moving photo's and folders around the filesystem is considered bad practice from a DAM perspective. Why would Adobe facilitate this more than they do right now? There are much better options to manage your files like collections, smart collections and (hierachical) keywords.
 
And if you want to move your files anyway, shift- or alt - click multiple folders and drag them where you want. If that is not easy enough for you on a touchpad, just use a mouse. I doubt thousands of Lightroom users wating for other move options. Until now you have one of their votes...

In my opinion there are much more important issues for the Lighroom developers to work on.
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