Started a new Lightroom on CC. Now Classic CC only downloads a small percentage of the catalog.

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Okay after years of using Lightroom Classic CC I decided to start a fresh with Lightroom CC. Imported everything (800GB - 48,000+ images) to the cloud. Made folders and albums within the application. After about 1 week of syncing with Adobe Lightroom CC it is fully loaded with my collection in the cloud. 

I've now gone to start a new catalog with Lightroom Classic CC where it immediately starts pulling down the images from Lightroom CC in the cloud. However whilst it appears completed  I'm only seeing 5,000 images from roughly 48,0000. The sync message said it was working on 48,000 at some point. Again this process took a couple of days. 
Also all the images in Classic CC are only organised by YYYY/MM/DD.
Was this sync not designed to work backwards? Assumed this wouldn't be an issue.

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What was the purpose of doing this in the first place? You had a complete Lightroom Classic catalog, you migrated it to the cloud in Lightroom CC, so why did you create a new catalog in Lightroom Classic and started everything all over again? 

I can't tell you why you only see about 5000 images, but apart from that everything you describe is as expected. When you sync a new Lightroom Classic catalog to the cloud, all the images in the cloud will be downloaded. And the only folder structure you can create at that point is indeed a structure by capture date.
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Hi Johan,

I'll explain why I did this. You may argue this is pointless but anyway I'll give you some background. 

My organisation of my library has been nothing short of shocking. I've poorly kept a library due to performance issues with Lightroom Classic CC and I've rebuilt many catalogs over the years.

I've started with a fresh library using Lightroom CC as I immediately wanted a backup because my current library is situated on a RAID0 array due to performance woes.  I wanted to spend a lot of time using the iPad, remote access via adobe.com whilst at work so I can mange a library away from my desk. However when it comes to some editing I still prefer to use Classic CC so I reinstalled that and naturally the system has started pulling the catalog from Lightroom CC. The issue now is I've only got access to 5000 images instead of 48,000. 
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Any Adobe techs wanna comment? Really Struggling with this. 
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> Was this sync not designed to work backwards?

No, this sync was not designed to work backwards. Lightroom Classic has some legacy sync features, but Adobe's focusing their sync efforts on the Lightroom CC ecosystem rather than trying to backwards-engineer sync into LR Classic's folder-based organizational system.

If your aim is a fresh start using Lightroom, you might as well just clear the cloud and create a new LR Classic catalog and import the photos into it, rather than trying to pull them down from the cloud.