External HD, Moving folder into another folder on drive without copying???

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Qwerty11, May 11, 2017.

  1. Qwerty11 macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2010
    I am wanting to move a large folder into a new folder I've created on the same external HD. The problem is, finder wants to copy the file into the new folder instead of moving it. The folder is so large that there is not enough space on the drive to do that. Help!
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    The Finder will copy (duplicate) instead of move when it doesn't have permission to write to the origin, or there's a No Delete ACL on the origin.

    Try "Ignore ownership" on the external drive.

    If that doesn't work, post a screenshot of the Get Info window's permissions pane on the originating location of the folder (i.e. the place where the folder you want to move is located).

    If the Get Info pane doesn't give enough detail, I can give you a command line to paste into Terminal.

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