As you are able to import fine from your external drive then its is possibly the permission issue on the location from where you are trying to import.
Could you please put some images to your desktop and then try to import them in Lightroom.
Please share the result with us.
If you import using the ADD option, it should work fine.
If you really want to MOVE photos, then you need to have write permission to both the Source and Destination directory, and the problem is that you at least one of these directories does not have WRITE permission. So check the permissions on both directories and change them as needed to WRITE permission.
Side issue: there is really no reason to import photos to your SSD, that's very expensive disk space and you will never notice the speed improvement. Better you should put your photos on your slowest disk.
thanks for your prompt response Sarika! I have both read and write permissions on my SSD. I did try dragging the image files to the SSD before importing and that also does not work. I still have the issue of LR not allowing me to import and convert to DNG to my SSD. Again. the import functions work perfectly when the destination are external drives
Thanks dj_paige, i whole heartedly agree with your statement on writing to the SSD as a normal workflow. I do keep the bulk of my image library on external drives & cloud, but when I am shooting tethered at a remote shoot or go on travel, I prefer to travel as light as possible so writing to my internal SSD is a must.
I have both read and write permissions on my SSD.
The issue is not read and write permissions on the SSD. It is read and write permissions on the source and destination FOLDER, which can be different than permission for the entire drive.
Thanks dj_paige. That worked!! I was trying to write to various places on the SSD that were locked. Once I used a destination in my user file it worked. Thanks a bunch for your prompt assistance!!
I do keep the bulk of my image library on external drives & cloud, but when I am shooting tethered at a remote shoot or go on travel, I prefer to travel as light as possible so writing to my internal SSD is a must.