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Default options for dragging files between locations

Posted on 2008-10-29
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I have noticed, and this would not just concern Server 2003, but other operating systems as well, however when I click and drag a file on the same hard drive, it moves the file.  When I click and drag the same file to a different hard drive it makes a copy and paste's it into the new location.  What I would like to know is if there is a location where I can change the settings so that no matter if I am moving a file on the same hard drive, or to a different hard drive, the click and drag always cuts & pastes the file?
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Normally the cut and paste is not a good idea as that does not allow the file/folder to inherit the security settings of the parent folder; thus the default is to copy.  You can bypass this by holding down the Shift key while dragging the item and it will move the item to another drive.  On the same drive, you use the Control key to disable the move and make it a copy.  As a general rule, I advise AGAINST drag and drop and opt for the right-click and then the option I want.  The drag and drop is too prone to dropping into the wrong area.
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Thanks.  I did not know that about the permissions, and will take you advice on board.  I do work in a domain environment where permissions are set differently on files & folders, so moving the files so that permissions are inherited is a good thing.

Thanks for your prompt reply.
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You bet....and just to be clear.  Copying to another network location allows the file/folder to inherit the parent folder's permissions.  Moving to another network location KEEPS the permissions that the file/folder of the FORMER parent folder.  So, to allow the file/folder to have the permissions of the new parent folder, copy it into the parent folder. :)

Good luck in your network duties. :)
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