Problem moving files on an external firewire drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by dredmorbius, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. dredmorbius macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2005
    Hi all, hate to be a bother and ask a possibly dumb question here, but I am stumped. I recently bought both a new MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard (10.6.2) and a 500 gb Western Digital firewire drive to back up my files. I copied a large amount of files to the external drive, but when I try to move those files into a different folder on the same drive to organize them, it tries to copy the files instead of just moving them. I can't figure out how to just move them into a new folder for consolidation without creating a duplicate file. Am I missing something basic here?

    Thank you for any help you can provide. I am just at my wit's end and am so tired and overworked right now I cannot seem to find an answer....
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    Just hold option while dragging the files. :) Or I think cmd works too.
  3. dredmorbius thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2005
    Well that works if I wanted to copy the file, or duplicate it.... but I just want to move it from a folder to another folder on the same drive without actually making a duplicate. No idea why it's still happening.
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    Well, unless Apple changed something in Snow Leopard, moving files within the same drive should not be copying them. If you move a file from one drive to another it will be copied, but within the same drive they should move. Are you sure you're moving the files within the same drive?
  5. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    Any chance you're trying to move them to a different partition? Even if it's the same drive, a different partition will be treated like a different drive.

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