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How Do I Move a File To External Hard Drive, Not Copy?

Is there a way to ‘move’ a file from my iMac to my external hard drive without it just ‘copying’ the file over?

Sometimes I forget if I already copied the file to the external hard drive, so I end up with more duplicated files than necessary.
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K.R. Knight

Comments: 4 Responses to “How Do I Move a File To External Hard Drive, Not Copy?”

    1 month ago

    Hold the Command key down while dragging. When you drag a file or folder to another drive, it will copy by default. But holding Command down while dragging changes that to a copy-and-delete, AKA "move."

    The Option key will do the same thing for dragging on the same drive. Drag and drop between folders on the same drive will move the file. But hold down Option and drag and drop and it copies the file and leave the original in place.

    Lorraine McKenzie
    1 month ago

    I have same problem. Using Mojave want to upgrade to Monterey. But have thousands of important doc, docx & xls files which I want to keep on external hard drive. Office 2008 is not compatible with Monterey. Can Monterey open those files. I just want to use Pages & Numbers & take Microsoft programs off my iMac 2017. Thanks so much Gary for all your wonderful work.

    1 month ago

    Lorraine: Pages can open Word files and Numbers can open Excel files. But the apps aren't the same, so not all features are supported. You can try it right now and see what you get. Or, just get newer versions of Microsoft apps. You said you have thousands of documents in those formats, so I would imagine it is worth it.

    Lorraine McKenzie
    1 month ago

    Many thanks Gary will give it a try.

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