Need to import folders structure. From hard drive or from LR 5. How can I do it?

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I would love to work with CC but got a huge amount of pictures organized by folders. When I tried to migrate Catalog from LR5 a message appeared not allowing me to do it. It says it requires LR6 apparently. Can I drag and drop the folders & subfolders somewhere and get the pictures upload in the same structure?. Not sure if the collection suggestions I read in other posts would work either with LR5 (and to be honest, doubling my folders number scares me a bit).
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Folders mean nothing online, so your folder structure does not get converted into an album structure. What you can do is make collections of all folders. Then when you migrate the catalog, these collections will be converted to albums. And no, collections do not double your folder structure. Collections are virtual, they only exist inside the catalog.

Download a trial version of Lightroom Classic and convert your catalog (don't worry, this will create a copy). In Lightroom Classic you can easily create collections out of folders by dragging and dropping folders into the collections panel.
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I'm sure I just did this a few weeks back.

Installed Lightroom CC. Closed it down.
Moved all my images, in their many folders and subfolders to the spare drive where I wanted them.
When all were copied in the structure that I wanted, opened CC and Imported the images by selecting the top folder.

FIRST: Make sure your preferences are set correctly and your backup folder is set to where you want it, and also your local storage in preferences is set correctly. This is where newly imported images will be stored, as well as in the cloud. This should NOT be the same folder that you just imported your images from. Think of it as a secure backup.

SECOND: When all is set, then import your images/folders. CC should create your exact folder structure if you did it right. You can check this by right-clicking, and doing "open in Finder".
From that point on, don't move or remove those original folders that you imported from. They are your originals. Also uploaded to the cloud.
If you have many many images it takes ages...


Forget CC Classic. You will get really confused and lose all your images.if you try to use both




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@Nest, You'll need to upgrade to Lightroom Classic CC before you can migrate your current catalog - use the free 7 day trial (but be sure to cancel it within 7 days or you'll be automatically charged. 

As Johan says, Lightroom CC doesn't give you any control over folders - it copies the images you are migrating and stores them as it wishes to. Therefore, albums become how you can group photos.  You can easily create collections (which become LR CC albums) out of your folders as follows: right-click on your highest level folder and choose Create Collection Set. That's it - look in your Collections panel and you'll see the result! 

Other than this folders to collections tip, migrating your catalog to Lightroom CC is covered in this video tutorial of mine.

Unfortunately what @rachalmers described doesn't work as expected - even after he/she moved the images to another drive, LR CC still made its own copies, organized automatically. That said, they are indeed stored where he/she chose to store them in Preferences, since "store a copy of all originals..." was chosen.
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Yes true, but what you can do in CC is create Folders as well as Albums.
You can only put Albums in Folders though, so you need to carefully construct such a structure. Then you should be able to Import a group at a time from a source folder into the selected Album.
Or you can simply import a group, at a time into All Photos, view them in Recent Imports, Then select and tag them and then click-drag them into the Folder/Album where you want them.
Which admittedly is a bit of a mess around....
CC still has a way to go yet I think?
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Thank you all!
Well, I see there's a huge amount of handmade work to do. No shortcuts.
It seems strange to me that Adobe has not taken care of automating this issue we all have at this point of the software transition.
Thanks again :)