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    Simple operations

    It sounds crazy, but now that I have a network set up I don't know how, for example, to move or copy files from machine to machine and I can't seem to find any help files or publications that tell me how. I have shared folders on both machines and both machines can identify them correctly in my network places, but how do I actually move the stuff around? Drag and drop doesn't seem to work.

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    Re: Simple operations

    What OS(s) are you using?

    Remember to move a file using Windows Explorer, you will need to hold the "Ctrl" key while dragging, otherwise it will just copy the file to the new locations. I copy and then delete, after I check and make sure the copy went where I want it to be.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Simple operations

    Being a keyboard jocke, I use the tried and tested Ctrl+X to cut, and then Ctrl+V to paste, since a "move" verifies the file is written before deleting the original. At least, that's the theory. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Simple operations

    I always drag and drop files with the right mouse button, so I get a menu offering a choice betweeen Copy, Move and whatever else makes sense.

    StuartR

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    Re: Simple operations

    Ah yes, that's another favorite of mine, and it always seems so relatively unknown too. I've never gotten used to the way Explorer handles it on its own. I believe it moves the file/folder within the same partition, copies from one partition to another (or a network volume), but I'd rather be in control!
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    Re: Simple operations

    Mark is correct above move/copy.

    I often find when dragging and dropping in Windows Explorer that the folder and/or files get put in the wrong directory, one above or one below the one I wanted them to got to. I never had this problem with File Manager in NT!

    If you want to do the same thing lots of times then it's Command LIne Time again, thankfully. I would suggest ROBOCOPY (from the 2003 Resource Kit, but works on NT4/W2K/WXP) or a similar program XXCOPY. The former enabled me to copy security permissions from one 112 GB directory structure on one cluster server to the equivalent structure on another in about 20 minutes, when I'd previously copied the data (but unfortunately not the permissions) in about 7 hours! Bacon saved... <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/angel.gif border=0 alt=angel width=15 height=21>
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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