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I think you’d have to do in manually by creating a script to do the work.
You field, not as a repeater requires two postmeta entries
When you have a repeater this changes to
My suggestion would be to leave it as it is and create a new field for your repeater. Tell the client that on new posts to ignore the old field and use the new one, and when updating an old post to move the old images to the new field. Then in the front end use values from both fields in the display.
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