How to Move Original Files to External Drive, Not just copy and delete original

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by poobarreled, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. poobarreled macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2009
    Ok so I've looked at some other posts that have gone over how to move files to an external drive, and they all say to use command while moving.

    I understand this copies the file and deletes the original, but when you make a copy and delete the original, you lose some of the original data, such as creation date, etc... This makes storage and organization more complicated than it has to be.

    Any ways to move original files without copying and deleting the original?
  2. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    I just used the Command Click method and all my files retained their original modified, created, etc date information.
  3. iMav macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2008
    Columbus, WI
    How about simply using the move command from the CLI? (mv)
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    No, it shouldn't and it's not been my experience that the modification date changes.

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