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shared folders in xp network

by irhyper2 / December 4, 2008 5:12 AM PST

Am trying to set up a network with xp Home edition. I am curious about a couple of things. What is the difference in copying verses moving a file to the shared document folder? I would thing that by copying it, one is "duplicating" it and thereby using up resources. IF that is the case, when you access a file and make changes, are the changes saved to both places? These may be stupid questions to experieced users, but I am not one of those. Thanks.

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Copy vs move . . .
by Coryphaeus / December 4, 2008 5:25 AM PST

It's as you stated. Copy makes a duplicate, leaving the original file as as. Moving moves the file entirely.

Editing a file only affects the file in use. A copy or a file located elsewhere is not affected.

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copy vs move
by irhyper2 / December 4, 2008 5:43 AM PST
In reply to: Copy vs move . . .

Sounds like one would want to move as opposed to copy..

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Well that depends.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 4, 2008 6:38 AM PST
In reply to: copy vs move

I wasn't sure how the subject title of your first post fitted in with your Copy/Move question, but I can see that it depends how you use your shared folders.

Lets say you have 3 computers in an office on different floors, networked together and with shared folders allowed.

1] Your boss wants you to check a document he has typed for errors, so he places a copy in the shared folder, but keeps the original on his own computer. You check the document for errors, make any changes, and re-save into the shared folder. He then opens that copy from the shared folder, checks your amendments. If he agrees with what you have done, he can replace his original document with the new one. If not, he deletes the shared folder copy and works on the original.

Why keep the original in the first place? If the copy gets lost, either you delete it or the network goes down, he still has that original.

2] Your boss is passing on a document to you. He doesn't want a copy on his own computer, so he places it in the shared folder for you to take.

That's why it could be either copy or move.


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by irhyper2 / December 4, 2008 10:41 PM PST
In reply to: Well that depends.

Thanks MarkFlax. I ust have a home network so still sounds like i need to move rather than copy. I just want to be able to access files on the computer that has the most memory and work on them from a remote (smaller) computer, and ssve space.

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