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#1 ray5450

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 12:18 PM

I am posting in Vista because that is what I am using, but I think this applies to all Windows.

 

When Windows movies files from a source to a target, does it delete the source file as it is moving it, or does it delete the source file only after the whole file is completely moved?

 

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 12:26 PM

Hi,

 

I am posting in Vista because that is what I am using, but I think this applies to all Windows.

 

When Windows movies files from a source to a target, does it delete the source file as it is moving it, or does it delete the source file only after the whole file is completely moved?

 

Actually it depends of the source and destination, if both are to the same drive Windows will only change the file location on "the index" of the drive, when moving to a different drive Windows will try to delete the source file only after copying the file to the destination.


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 02:34 PM

Yes, as sleepydude stated, when moving to another drive, you are actually doing a copy and delete.  When moving within a single drive, the file is not physically moved, but the index entry pointing to the file is changed to reflect the "new" location.


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 11:46 PM

However, I have seen files disappear before, large ones, especially if you are doing a ton of different file moving at the same time (in separate pastes) and windows is freezing up etc.

 

So in cases of large or many files across drives, I only copy and paste and then go back and delete the originals after I compare the files. (But if it's only a few files, or small files, or basically files on the same drive, then I will trust cut and paste because it's so fast in those cases)



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Posted 22 October 2015 - 12:07 AM

I can't say I've ever had files disappear on me...even when moving many Gb, or many files at the same time.  

 

You can also highlight the files you want to move and go to 'edit' > copy to folder or 'edit' > move to folder instead of copy/paste.  I've never had an issue with this method.


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Posted 24 October 2015 - 12:41 AM

Some time in between some of the above posts, I posted a response (or I thought I did) and thanked you all.  Somehow it didn't take.  Anyway, yes, separate drives, is what I meant.

 

I think also what sparklestar means, is not just copy one big group of files, but to start copying one group, then a separate group at the same time while the first group(s) are still going.  I never do that anyway.  It even sounds like asking for trouble, lol.



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Posted 24 October 2015 - 09:19 AM

Hi,

 

I think also what sparklestar means, is not just copy one big group of files, but to start copying one group, then a separate group at the same time while the first group(s) are still going.  I never do that anyway.  It even sounds like asking for trouble, lol.

 

If you do this on a regular basis I suggest you use a File Manager like Multi Commander free it uses a queue to add several file operations, when you click Start all of them are executed in order, you can pause transfers at any time and have a very good control over the operations...


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