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    copy and paste or cut and paste file faster ?

    when transferring files from laptop to ext.hdd..

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    cut and paste is faster for file transfer
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    Actually if its not on the same hard disk, then almost no difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabe View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by chunlianghere View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dxter View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bad View Post
    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'.