Removing/copying photos (plus edits) from LRCC to LR Classic CC so that I can store them (with edits) on an external drive

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This query relates to optimising the workflow when I am travelling.

1. I copy RAW files from my SD card to my iPad using the Apple adapter. 
2. No problem there - LRCC does this well, and I can edit etc, create a jpeg file to share/send on email etc. All good.
3. Then when I come home, I use LR Classic CC on my laptop. That's all fine, BUT I WANT TO STORE THE EDITED FILES/PHOTOS ON AN EXTERNAL DRIVE (ie not the cloud). (Wgich is what I have always done, using Smart Previews etc).
4. My problem is that the photos I have taken while away and worked on in LRCC copy into LR Classic CC as a Collection. And I can't move it.
5. I can copy this Collection, create another catalog and import into LR Classic CC, but it is just the original files with no edits. Despite my best efforts, I cannot find/move/copy/store these files WITH THE LR EDITS. 

I feel sure this is possible, but I can't work out how. Am I doing something wrong? 
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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You're pretty close there CW. The bit you're missing is that Lightroom Classic does download the files from the cloud into a folder, but it's a hidden folder by default. If you go to Preferences > Lightroom Sync, you can set a "normal" folder to use for future downloads. And for existing photos, just select them in Grid view and drag them to the folder of your choice to move them to your external drive.
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Immensely helpful - thanks Victoria. The other trick to this is that to move photos via drag and drop, one needs to put the cursor on the actual image rather than the grey border. Otherwise, nothing happens. I think I'm all set now!
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The current location of your images is shown as a separate 'device' (like a separate hard disk) in your folder panel. This acts like a normal folder, so you can drag &drop the images from this device folder into any other folder.