Problem: Moving Files around on an external HD

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by William Gates, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. William Gates, Aug 31, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2015

    William Gates macrumors 6502

    William Gates

    Oct 26, 2007
    Up until tonight, when I moved files around on my external HD the OS would just make note in the file system that the location of the file had changed, which took less than a second. Now I'm seeing a 'Moving "file" to "Folder"' dialogue box for every single file I relocate like it is physically moving the file on the disk. I am not moving the files to a different disk, internal or external. I recently verified the disk and repaired disk permissions. This is the only change I can think of recently other than regular OS updates. I'm on the latest (10.10.5) fwiw. Any help getting files to move back to the way the OS used to handle it?

    EDIT: Okay, I've made some more observations. When I drag and drop the files into a different folder the OS seems to be copy/pasting the file in the new folder then sending the original file to the trash can. I tried to right click>cut, but cut was greyed out. Same thing in the Edit menu. What gives?
  2. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    Try creating a new user account, reboot and login to the new user account. Now try copying a file and see if it has the same behavior. Also, try booting in safe mode and try copying files and see if the behavior is the same.

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