Good day, I tried to research a lot of times about this question and sadly I did not found any answer.Hopefully, you can help me solve this problem.
My PROBLEM is : Every time I import new images to my LIGHTroom from my HARDdrive, It tends to create a new copy similar to what is on the Harddrive.When I tried to delete the new copies of photos I imported, It caused some problem to theLightroom.It says PHOTO IS MISSING.By that, I need to restore the deleted photo or manually identify each photo source into the HARDRIVE. I want my HARDDRIVE to be the source of the image for my lightroom and not the new one created by LIGHTROOM when I imported the photos for me to save a space from my computer.Please help.
When you import into Lightroom, at the top of the Import page you can Copy or Move. "Move" physically moves the copy from the source folder on your hard drive into the folder you choose in Lightroom; "Copy" copies it to the new location. If you're moving it, it is already gone from the original location. So it sounds like you're either deleting the wrong copy if you copied, or the only copy if you moved!
"Move" sounds like what you want; only one copy for each image. But be aware that you don't have a backup copy of the image. At the first opportunity, you should get an external hard drive. If you use this as the source, and then "Copy" you'll have a backup separate from your computer's hard drive and it will save your skin some day. Also use it to back up your catalog.