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Copy Files or Folders not move - you may lose the data!

Move or copy a file? There is a small catch to moving a file. The catch is if the process does not complete the move it will have deleted your file anyway.

Copy Files or Folders not move !

It works like this: You right click on the file and select move. Or you right click on the file and drag it to where you want it to go. Then release the mouse button and the OS asks you if you want to Copy or Move the file here?

You click on Move.

The OS will copy the file into clip board, then delete the original file. Then it pastes the file into the destination folder. If something interrupts this operation you have just lost your file! It will be deleted from the clip board because the OS thinks it completed the move.

Want to know the worst part of this? You will not find the file in the Recycle Bin either! There are some file recovery tools that may (note I said may) find the file.

My advice? Never move a file! Always copy and paste the file then delete the original.

So now you need to know the mechanics of the process.

Ok it is not complicated but after the first couple of times it is tedious.

You can use any of these techniques to copy your files:

Explorer Copy Files or Folders not move:

  • Open explorer, go to the source folder, right click on the file you want to copy, go to copy on the menu.
  • Next go to the destination folder and double click on it or click on the 'plus' sign in the left column. In the right column where you want the file right click on the empty white space and select paste.
  • If you don't want or need the original file right click on it and select delete.

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Let us say you have a folder full of files you want to put in a different place. If the destination is on the same drive the OS will just move the name of the folder to the new destination, it is not really a copy operation.

But lets say you want to have the folder on your usb pen drive from your hard drive as a back up.

  • You open the folder above the one you want to move, you also open the destination folder you want to place the copy in. Right click on the folder and select copy (remember the warning about using Move!)
  • In the destination folder you right click in the open white space and select paste.
  • To insure you have all your files right click on both the source and destination folders and select properties, they should be the same in amount of sub folders, files and size in bytes.

Search Copy Files or Folders not move:

Let us assume you have created a document sometime in the past and can't remember where you saved it. (Happens to the best of us believe me!)

But you remember the name of the document or part of the name.

  • You can do a search for your file.
  • Once you have found the file you can either note where it is located and open that folder or you can copy it from the Search window to the destination.
  • To do this you would use the Explorer copy technique.

I will say again: Use copy not move for file maintenance, delete the original after the move, the data you save after all is yours to lose!

When you are done with your task you should defragment you hard drive.


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