Does copying items to the desktop take up double the space?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ozreth, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. ozreth macrumors 65816

    ozreth

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    #1
    Probably a silly question, but does copying, say, my movies folder from my documents on to desktop take up double the space on my HD if the movies folder is in both places, or is the copy just a mirror image?
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

    spinnerlys

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    A copy is a copy, thus it takes up twice the space.

    It would be easier, if you just create an Alias of the Movies folder and put that Alias onto the desktop, thus the actual files stay in the Movies folder and are not duplicated and you don't have to worry about synching those two folders.

    You create an Alias of a file or folder via right clicking on it and selecting Make Alias or just using CMD+L.

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    An Alias has the little black arrow on the bottom left:
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  3. ozreth thread starter macrumors 65816

    ozreth

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    Perfect! Thank you : )
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    Yes it takes up twice the space because you are copying the files. If you just want to be able to quickly access them, create an Alias (shortcut), it will redirect you to the correct folder when you open the Alias on the desktop.

    TEG
     

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