Move and copy files using drag and drop

A common way to move or copy a file or folder is to select it and drag it to another location. For example, you can drag a file to the Recycle Bin to delete the file, or to a folder to copy or move it to that location.

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Annoying Windows 7 copying files that I want to move
I have been trying to move some files from one drive to another. I highlight about 15 files and then drag to the other drive. My problem is after I start highlighting the file stupid Windows 7 will start copying them.

I have to stop my highlighting, tell windows to stop copying and start high lighting again, only to have it start copying again. This is making it a very long process of trying to move these files. I went to stupid Geek or someplace and did what they said:

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I used to be able to do that before I reformatted my laptop. How can I fix this?


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I have been attempting move image files (TIF, CR2, JPG, BMP, PDF, PSD) off a hard drive and onto another drive on the same computer. The files will not COPY nor will they MOVE. I cannot get them to CS5, PSE8, nor PAINT.

When I try to open them in IRFANVIEW the app locks up and has to be closed by the OS. Most of the misbehaving images do display in all the thumbnail sizes of WIN 7. And the thumbnails display a black horizontal line through them at different heights and of different thicknesses. Some images have several lines.

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After several of these incidents I figured time was to buy a new hard drive and get data off the ailing one.
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Within the last week I have noticed that I am unable to transfer a recently installed icon to a folder to a folder in either the limited user or administrator desktops. Windows updateinstalled four security updates on 12 January 2012 = KB2584146, KB2585542, KB2631813 and KB2644615 shortly before I noticed the problem.

I drag the icon to the folder, respond to the 'provide administrator permission' prompt, if needed, but the icon will not move.

I logged on as Administrator and found that I could still not move, delete or copy the icons.

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Windows Explorer runtime error
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However, creating a new folder is no problem; copying/moving file(s) is no problem; and copying/moving file(s) from one folder to an existing folder is no problem.

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Synching or copying folder contents?
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