MS File Move across Shares

ny_shelly used Ask the Experts™
Can someone clarify how files are moved between shares?

I understand that when you MOVE a file to a folder in a different Share, the file is copied first.

When you MOVE a file across a folder in the same share, there is no copy.

Can you please point me to some documentation that explains this?

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What's actually the factor here is whether the file is being moved to a different spot on the same physical drive or not. When the file is being moved to another folder on the same physical drive then no copy operation needs to take place. Instead, Windows just updates it's record of what folder that file is in.

In simpler terms: each drive has a table of contents to tell the location of all the files. Instead of copying a file, and deleting the original, you can simply update the location in the table of contents.

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