Lack of options when copying multiple files from one place to another

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by zen, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Maybe this is my imagination, but I'm sure Snow Leopard wasn't like this.

    I have two drives which contain a bunch of files - some of the files are on both drives, some not. To save me hand-picking through hundreds of filenames, I usually just select all the files on one drive and drag them over to the other.

    In Snow Leopard, when duplicates were detected, I'm sure you could just ignore or skip them. All you had to do was tick the "Apply to All" checkbox and hit ignore. Finder would copy all the stuff over that wasn't duplicated.

    In Lion, you're told an item with the same name already exists, but the options are "Keep Both Files", "Stop", or "Replace".

    If you select the first one, Finder copies everything over and creates its own duplicates. If you click stop, the whole copy process stops. I don't want to hit replace, because some of the files may be incomplete downloads on one drive, and I don't want to replace good files with broken files.

    Am I missing something, or did Snow Leopard handle things differently? Is there some keyboard quick-key I am meant to hold down while dragging to bring back the "skip" option?
  2. punkromance macrumors member

    May 29, 2008
    Anyone found a fix to this?
    It's pretty absurd.
  3. DesertSilver macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I came across this completely bunk functionality yesterday when I was transferring a mass amount of pictures off of an SD card. I actually had to pull up 2 windows to compare what wasn't in the destination folder because I didn't want to make duplicates, stop, or overwrite, which are the only options I was given.

    I have to believe that there's something we're missing since this is completely absurd behavior.
  4. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
  5. zen thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Excellent. I was just battling with this problem today as I was trying to copy stuff between external hard drives.

    Apple sure is fond of undocumented features. I only just found the pull-down calendar in iOS5 on my iPad today.
  6. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    "Stop" only moves new files and leaves duplicates alone.

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