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copy and paste or cut and paste file faster ? tsr_mobile Oct 24th, 08, 09:31 AM #1

when transferring files from laptop to ext.hdd..


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booest Oct 24th, 08, 10:14 AM #2
cut and paste is faster for file transfer

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sabe Oct 24th, 08, 11:59 AM #3
Actually if its not on the same hard disk, then almost no difference
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lupinnktp Oct 24th, 08, 01:41 PM #4
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Actually if its not on the same hard disk, then almost no difference
2nd that. it's still 1 read, 1 write (simultaneously), and 1 transfer, all bottle-necked by USB connection...... Cut+paste = copy+paste+delete old files
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chunlianghere Oct 24th, 08, 01:57 PM #5
but IMO, to be safer side, copy n paste, than delete. seldom i wil use cut n paste. if something is wrong, yr data jus cut into half.
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dxter Oct 24th, 08, 03:06 PM #6
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but IMO, to be safer side, copy n paste, than delete. seldom i wil use cut n paste. if something is wrong, yr data jus cut into half.
Not true. If the connection drops, the original file is retained in its original state in the originating drive..
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bad Oct 24th, 08, 09:57 PM #7
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Not true. If the connection drops, the original file is retained in its original state in the originating drive..
Not true. I've ever experienced a bunch of identical folders resulted from a halfway stop. The whole directory tree was literally screwed up having some files in the newly created folder and files in the older folder only partially retained.
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sabe Oct 24th, 08, 10:19 PM #8
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Not true. I've ever experienced a bunch of identical folders resulted from a halfway stop. The whole directory tree was literally screwed up having some files in the newly created folder and files in the older folder only partially retained.
Hehe, I think he was talking about the fact that files will not be destroyed in the process. Some files left in old directory, some files ending up in the new one is certainly possible I guess.

Anyway, cut-and-paste is fast on the same partition because the file is not physically copied, only information pertaining to 'which directory is this file in' is altered. That being said, its probably a good idea like someone else pointed out to always do a copy then delete when transferring between different partition / disks. Its not going to be any faster to 'cut' and its certainly going to be a bigger headache in unforeseen scenarios like when your target disk runs out of space in the middle of a 'paste'.
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