Since the images have previously been imported into Lightroom, you do not use Import for these images. You go to the Library Module (but not the Import dialog), find the images, and perform whatever operations you want on these images totally inside of Lightroom. If you want to move them, you drag and drop entirely within Lightroom.
It sounds like a better idea, for future imports, to import them directly into the folder you want, right there using the Import dialog box (where you can rename the photos as well).
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. Was very helpful. Just to clarify where I am standing now. I have installed LR 4.4 and start working with it. Went thru youtube courses. I have all my pics on a ext. drive. My idea to move images from ext drive into internal drive and primarily goal wast to rename and apply presets and get the images in the new folder. I committed to work only inside LR! If I drag and drop the whole folders how can I rename them and apply presets? Thank you so much for your help!!!!
My idea to move images from ext drive into internal drive and primarily goal wast to rename and apply presets and get the images in the new folder.
It is completely unnecessary to move photos in order to do this. You can leave them where they are, if that works for you.
If I drag and drop the whole folders how can I rename them and apply presets?
Rename via F2 in the Library Module; apply presets in the Develop Module.
That explains what to do for photos that have already been imported into Lightroom.
If you are importing new photos, you can do all of this using the Import Dialog box.
Did I understand this right? If I imported images I can't move them anywhere else with import dialog. I can drag and drop them. And If I need to rename them or apply presets I have to use develop module? Thanks again!
That's almost correct -- rename is done in the Library Module, and presets are applied in the Develop Module.
Once you import an image, you don't use the Import dialog box for that image ever again (and no re-importing!)