Difficult copying lots of folders from one location to another

kat.hayes

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I'm copying lots of folders from a MBP to an external drive with lots of folders. When I select lots of folders on the MBP and drag them to the external it seems to want to place the folders inside of other folders. Sometimes, depending on how I let go it will place the folders inside of other folders or it will place them outside the folders. How do you copy them so they are not put in the other folders?
 

Taz Mangus

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I'm copying lots of folders from a MBP to an external drive with lots of folders. When I select lots of folders on the MBP and drag them to the external it seems to want to place the folders inside of other folders. Sometimes, depending on how I let go it will place the folders inside of other folders or it will place them outside the folders. How do you copy them so they are not put in the other folders?
Select the folders to copy, press Cmd-C. On the destination drive select the folder or drive, press Cmd-V.
 

DanielGMac

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I'm copying lots of folders from a MBP to an external drive with lots of folders. When I select lots of folders on the MBP and drag them to the external it seems to want to place the folders inside of other folders. Sometimes, depending on how I let go it will place the folders inside of other folders or it will place them outside the folders. How do you copy them so they are not put in the other folders?

Open a terminal.

If you want to see what's going on during the copy. This will copy everything from "folder" in your home directory recursively to an external, mounted, drive called extdrive

rsync -arv /Users/me/folder /Volumes/extdrive

Personally, I would start a log file and wait until the cursor returned then look at the log file to see how it worked or "tail -f" the log file while it was copying so if something happened you still have the information it put out:

rsync -arv /Users/me/folder /Volumes/extdrive > /Users/me/synclogfile.txt &

Advantage of using rsync is if you have to update it later it will only copy the new files and those that have changed. If you just use copy/xcopy or drag and drop it will have to copy every file again.
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http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html
 
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Fishrrman

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Suggestions:

TURN OFF "Spring loaded folders". This can be disconcerting when folders pop open when unexpected.

If you're still trying to move folders, download "Pathfinder". It's free to download and use for 30 days.
When you open Pathfinder, you can select one (or more) folders, then go to the "Commands" menu and use either "copy to..." or "move to...". Much more precise.
 
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