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Vista won't let me "move" a file

by erangel / September 2, 2010 2:36 PM PDT

I have Vista Home Premium on my laptop. I have alot of pics that I want to move to an external drive, but Vista will only let me "copy" them. Then I have to delete the original. This takes too much time. How can I get Vista to let me "move" the pics, instead of just copying them? Or is there a free or cheap program I can use to "move" my pics? Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated. I use to use Powerdesk with XP, but it causes crashes in Vista.

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How does it prevent you?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 3, 2010 6:32 AM PDT

Any error messages?

How are you trying to move these files?

If you attempt to 'drag and drop' files from one hard disk to another, (whether external or internal), Vista will automatically assume you want to copy, and not Cut/Paste.

When I want to do this I just select all the files, cut, then paste in the new location. But I don't do that often. If I cut, then the system fails in anyway then I risk losing all those files, so I use the method you are using, copy, paste, then delete the ones I just copied from.


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No option to just "move" the file
by erangel / September 3, 2010 12:08 PM PDT

There's never an error message. I tried the cut/paste option, had the same result as you. So, I usually just drag/drop. I have Xp on my desktop, it doesn't just "assume" I want to "copy" the file or pic. I can drag/drop and the file actually will move to the intended destination. But, Vista just "assumes" I want only to "copy" the file or pic? Why would it do that? If I drag/drop a file or pic, obviously I want to "move" it! It should give the option to "move", not just "copy" the file! And, I really don't want to have to delete the original file. Sometimes, that has caused a problem also. Anyhow, thanx for the reply.

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It's a cross-drive feature...
by John.Wilkinson / September 3, 2010 12:30 PM PDT

If you drag-and drop files/folders from one location to another on the same drive, they will be moved by default. However, if the locations are on different drives, they will be copied by default. This is the default behavior on XP, Vista, and 7. However, you can force a move if you hold down the Shift key while performing the drag-and-drop, which is the same as performing a cut-and-paste.

Hope this helps,

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It worked!!
by erangel / September 7, 2010 8:36 AM PDT

Hey-WOW!! That actually worked! And, it was so easy. Thanks alot! Now I don't have to download another program!

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