Lightroom: Move/Copy files duplicate names

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When moving files from one directory to another rather than fail the copy/move it would be helpful to see a dialog box that would compare both files and prompt to either sikp, rename or overwrite. Since you already have the meta file information you should have enough information to tell if it's a true duplicate file.
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Which product are you using?
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I'm using Lightroom 3.4.1 on Windows 7 64bit. If you drag images from one folder to another and the destination fold has a file of the same name the move/copy fails. I want the ability to auto renumber them; i.e. IMG_003.CR2 to IMG_0031.CR2 or IMG_0032.CR2 or a way to verify the two files using a thumbnail image to see if they are the same. Once it fails I have to go to the destination folder find the file and then rename the images and try again.
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Although your idea sounds like a good one, I recommend eliminating all duplicate filenames in Lightroom - solves this problem and more...
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I think it will continue to be an issue as people start to archive files on duplicate drives. Your assumption is that there will only be one copy of any file and that's not true especially if you move in to cloud storage. Besides, what one should do and reality are not the same. The easiest automated route would be to accommodate this in software. The other issue is I can’t seem to filter my view based on the current directory. I see all subdirectories as well and it’s a little confusing since you may 3+ versions of the file; RAW, PSD, and JPG/TIF. Some images may have gone through 3+ edits over a 2-3 year time frame as software technology changes. So you may have multiple edits of the same file/name with no way of telling which is which easily. I think if the goal of Lightroom is to be standard for image asset management and to compliment Photoshop by doing more than Bridge, some these issues will need to addressed.