Generally, Yes, but what “move” mean, exactly, and why? Are you transferring LR to the new computer or wanting to make copies of them on the other computer or what? Are the images DNGs, already?
they are dng I want to move them to my desktop from my laptop. when i did the edits were not attached. i do not want to lose all the work i already did but i want to finish editing on my big computer where it is much easier and larger
I loaded them onto my laptop from my wedding in Puerto Rico and edited all the way home
Maybe the question should be HOW do you move them instead of can you, and without losing the editing that is already started/finished...
It still isn't clear how you are trying to look at the images on the "new" computer. If you want to look at them using Lightroom then you would, on the original computer where the images are located now, export all of those DNG files as a catalog. Then you could import from another catalog on the new computer and all of the changes would be there.
On the other hand, if you are wanting to see the DNG files with their changes, and not use Lightroom, then before you make those copies you would want to highlight all of them and hit Cmd/S or Ctrl/S in order to save the changes to the files.
You must remember that Lightroom does not write the changes to the files.it is this way by design so that your original files remain in their pristine state at all times. There is an option in your catalog settings that you can choose that will automatically write all changes to XMP files. For DNG and other files that are not raw files this forces Lightroom to write the changes directly to the files. Personally, I choose not to use that option, but rather export copies (TIF or JPEG) to display on the other computer.
So you want to merge in the DNG edits that have your laptop LR into your main catalog on your desktop? The edits are stored in your LR catalog so there’s no need to copy the edits using the DNGs.
This is what I’d do in your situation.
Copy the DNG files from the laptop to their final destination on the desktop, maybe you’ve already done this.
Go back to your laptop, select all the DNGs’ thumbnails, then do File / Export Catalog of those selected images.
Copy that small catalog containing the edits to the DNGs to your desktop.
Open your main desktop LR catalog, then do File / Import from Catalog and choose that laptop catalog you just copied over.
Once imported, you may need to do right-click / Find Missing Folder on the folder(s) of DNGs you’ve copied across to relink their edits to their locations on the desktop.
If that doesn’t seem like it’ll work then reply back what would be wrong doing that and we can see how to modify the process to fit what you’re doing.