Lightroom Classic: Virtual Copies missing after Export/Import a catalog

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I have a desktop and laptop on Windows 10, and have used Lightroom since Day 1. I exported my 2017 photos from my desktop where my photos reside: lrcat, Smart Previews, and previews. They were all copied to my laptop's SSD, then the Import as Catalog was run. After editing, I ran the same method in reverse, and once again, after editing and culling I exported the Catalog from the desktop and Imported it to the laptop. It was then that I noticed that the numbers of images in Library were not all the same. I eventually found out that the difference was because some of my virtual copies had gone missing.
This workflow was new to me, as I had never in my life used Smart Previews, and it seemed to allow me to do what I wanted to do on the laptop with its smaller capacity SSD. Oh, and I had just upgraded to Lr Classic 7.0.1 on both machines. Is there a solution?
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Bonjour, oui, les copies virtuelles ne sont pas reportées d'un catalogue vers un autre, ma solution, il faut toujours enregistrer un instentané correspondant au développement des copies virtuelles, il sera ainsi possible de retrouver tous les développements simplement en activent les divers instentannés qui sont enregistrés avec l'original de base, et simplement recréer la copie virtuelle si nécessaire, l'image affichée, ctrl + N ou md + N pour le raccourci clavier.

Hello, Yes, virtual copies are not reported in a catalog to another, my solution, must still register a snapshoot corresponding to the development of the virtual copies, it will be possible to find all developments just to activate the various snapshoots that are saved with the original base, and simply recreate the copy virtual if necessary, the image displayed, ctrl N or N md for the keyboard shortcut.
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'Export as Catalog' should include all virtual copies. Are you sure they aren't stacked with the original file or perhaps a Library Filter applied? Select all of the images in the 2017 folder, right-click on the folder, and select 'Expand All Stacks.' Open the filter bar using the / key and make sure 'None' is selected.