Why, when I move (using mouse) one folder into another, instead of moving, copying process starts? How to fix it?

OS X El Capitan
Folders are located on an external drive, GUID partition scheme, connected via USB.


Hold the Cmd ⌘ key as you drag.
This will reverse the default behaviour of 'move to same drive, copy to another'

  • Thank you very much, it helped! Why this problem occurs when I move some folders, and does not happen with others? Is it possible to somehow set up this default behaviour for all of them? – Rumata Feb 28 '16 at 10:05
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    It should only try to copy if you are moving data between partitions. If it is to the same partition it will move. There is no way I know of to change that behaviour [which is a very sensible default] – Tetsujin Feb 28 '16 at 10:06
  • I see ... it's strange, because these folders are located on the same drive, they may still be in different partitions? – Rumata Feb 28 '16 at 10:12
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    possibly - you'd have to look at the partition map in Disk Utility to know for certain – Tetsujin Feb 28 '16 at 10:38

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