Moving & deleting files issue

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gab1982, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. gab1982 macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2010
    how come when dragging a folder from 1 hd to another by the drag and drop option the dragged folder doesn't delete once the contents have been put into its new location if its on a 2nd hdd.

    so if i drag & move a file/folder from my main hdd to a 2nd hdd, the file/folder on my main hdd doesn't delete, and if i do the same on an entirely different hdd.

    I have upgraded to Lion but this also was the same in snow leopard, preferably i would like the file once copied (the original file) to disappear like it does if you copy from the main hdd.

    Atm I have to delete the original file/folder.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    There would be a lot of havoc, if that behaviour you want to have would be the standard.
    To actually move a folder or file hold down the CMD key while you drag and drop.
    What you do now is just copying a file and folder, which also happens when you do it on Windows and other OSs.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Normal function:
    Drag a file/folder to another location on the same drive = move.
    Drag a file/folder to another location on another drive = copy.
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    To change that to copy, hold down the Cmd key.

    To change that to move, hold down the Cmd key.

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