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Transfering files between locations on the same computer, or between separate computers

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Drag-and-drop files to another folder on the Path Bar?

In Finder, you can show the Path Bar (View > Show Path Bar). Is it possilbe to select a group of files and drag-and-drop them to another folder there? For example, I may want to copy/move file1 and ...
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Throughput between MacOS and Windows devices limited to 100Mbps, how do I remove the bottleneck?

I am using an M1 MacBook Air on the latest OS Update and a Windows 11 desktop PC and I would like to move files between them in the realm of a couple of GiB (1-100, so transfer speeds do matter). They ...
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Why do I get a deadlock warning for a simple job on a cloud file?

I have a file that sits on a Cloud directory managed by a cloud storage service that uses the Apple FileProvider API. No, this is not iCloud, but this is apparently the same API framework in use. The ...
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Extremely slow copies from external drive on M3 MacBook Pro but not Intel MacBook Pro

I recently got a 14" MacBook Pro (M3 Pro, running macOS 14.3.1) and I've been trying to transfer my files over. I tried using Target Disk Mode (with two different cables, one USB-C and the other ...
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How to mount and get full access to an apfs partition from linux

I broke my laptop some how (I think from overheating). I dual-boot linux on a Macbook that has got a T2 chip. I can't boot up MacOS, but for some reason linux does. I've got a couple of files in my ...
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If I download a file from safari to a location that is an FTP/SFTP server will it be downloaded directly to the server?

I have an SFTP server mounted to my iPhone’s filesystem with the help of a third party application. If I download a file from safari will it be downloaded to my device and then uploaded to the server ...
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Is there any way to transfer files between 2 running and networked Macs using a Thunderbolt 3/4 cable (i.e. not using target disk mode)?

Currently, I have SSH setup and I can SCP/SFTP files between them over wifi, but it's slow. I'd love to be able to connect them with a cable (I have a Maxonar Thunderbolt 3/4, USB4, and USB-C Cable) ...
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Why can't I AirDrop a folder or .zip of files to iPhone's Files app?

I have files on a Mac that I want to copy via AirDrop to the ‘Files’ app on my iPhone for backup purposes. They are .html, .css, .js, and similar web formats. I do not need to modify these files on my ...
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After an Airdrop, should I check the photos for corruption?

If something goes wrong during an Airdrop, say from my iPhone to my Macbook, how can I check for any corruption? Would simply checking that the photos, videos, etc. can be opened be enough to confirm ...
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Unable to send compressed zip file from a Mac

I was given a Google link to upload a zip file containing some python scripts and screenshots. But for some reason I wasn't able to click on the required zip file when the Finder opened up, but I was ...
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How to browse the iPhone HEIC images on Windows without the automatic conversion to JPG?

I am not sure whether it was always like it. If I plug in the iPhone, I can check for example: This PC\Apple iPhone\Internal Storage\DCIM\202308__ with all of the images of that month. But the HEIC ...
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Select files from the "Photos" app on iOS

How can I select files from the "Photos" directly, without first manually copying from the "Photos" app to the "Files" app? Currently, in order to send the original, ...
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How to copy an application folder (.app) using terminal

I have an application I downloaded in a form of .app file in downloads. How can I copy it to /Applications using the terminal? Since it is actually a folder I can use cp directly so it seems. Using ...
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MacOS plug and play for Android file transfert

I am following up from a question I have already asked on Android Stackexchange back in 2015. We are now in 2023 and it looks like macOS and Android are still not able to pair well... I have still an ...
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How to copy files from iPhone to Windows PC?

First time iPhone user and this does not exactly seem like a straightforward process. I have a number of files on my iPhone that I'd like to copy over to my MS Windows PC. Most of them live in the ...
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Can I transfer a high quality video to my iPhone?

I'm a filmmaker who shoots Super-8, 16 and 36mm film. Cameras shoot between 15 and 80 frames per second and the frames are later scanned one by one in 4k or 8k scanners. Each frame has grain and ...
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Encrypt PDF on Linux, decrypt on Mac? (in 2023)

There are many tools available for the Linux user to encrypt a file: Encrypting/Decrypting a single file in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I want to… encrypt a single PDF on my Linux OS, email it to a non-...
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MacBook Pro: Android File Transfer, says "Could not connect" even though my Android phone gets the 'Allow' notification. Restarted needed

MacBook Pro: Everytime I want to use the Android File Transfer, it says "Could not connect to Device. Try reconnecting or restarting your device" even though I am connected and my Android ...
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Transfer files "directly" from Android to iPhone

My friend (iPhone 13 I guess) and I (Pixel 7) want to share photos and videos we took with each other. We use some messaging app which allows it. But it's a hassle selecting and transferring. I'd like ...
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Transfer files attached to notes on iPhone 5c to PC/macOS

I want to transfer large ZIP files (up to 200 MB) attached to notes created with Notes app to my PC or macOS. Because I have a iPhone 5c running iOS 10, I can't install Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. ...
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Offline file transfer between Android device and iPad without using an intermediary computer/tablet

How I can transfer some files from my Google Pixel 6 (running Android 12) to my iPad Generation 9 tablet (running iPadOS 15.7) without using Internet connectivity or a third-party computer/tablet as ...
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Compare two directories using mac terminal while ignoring the "._" in the file name

Just finished a copy of an external drive (exFAT) to another drive (HFS) using standard the Finder's Cmd+C, as I want to format the first drive (exFAT) to HFS. Now, I've been trying to verify all the ...
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Transfer files between a Mac with Apple silicon and another Mac

I'm trying to follow this guide here. https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/transfer-files-a-mac-apple-silicon-mchlb37e8ca7/mac I have Disk Utility up on my Apple silicon Mac, but I don't see Start ...
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How to transfer terabyte of data faster?

I have a terabyte of data to copy from old external HDD to new external HDD. By the way the new hdd is encrypted via DiskUtility. I'm using macbookpro,two hdd's and two apple's USB-C to USB Adapters ...
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ghost files—now you see 'em, now you don't?

Ghost files—I don't know what else to call them. I have an external drive which the system refuses to make writable. Most of the files on it are already on my internal drive. To save time and space, ...
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iPad - Transferring files from the "Files" app to the "Photos" app

I would like to transfer all the files in a particular album from the "Files" app to the "Photos" app on my iPad. I used Airdrop from my MacBook to transfer several video and image ...
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Unable to Drag and Drop files/directories from local Mac (High Sierra) to remote Mac (Mojave) via screenshare

I have a user who cannot drag and drop files from her local Mac (High Sierra) to her remote Mac (Mojave). She can copy and paste text but not transfer files. It comes up with a small grey forbidden ...
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Corrupted original source file during copy-paste on Mac

I was copying 100GB of essential documents from my Mac to my pen drive. I had to cancel the copy-paste operation because the process became stuck in the middle. The USB drive was accidentally ejected ...
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How to preserve date created while moving files to downloads folder?

So I was transferring some files from my old mac to new one using an external drive. I was able to get all the files with their dates preserved to my users folder, however while moving them to ...
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How to access files in folder on iphone 6 IOS 14.8

I recently installed an app on my phone that converts photos to PDF. The PDF is too big to email to my Windows10 PC so I saved it in a folder on my phone and would like to access it via iTunes or ...
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Copying files / folders between user accounts

I have 2 admin user accounts on my Mac (both are mine). There is a folder that I'd like to move from one of the accounts to the other. I tried simply locating the folder in Finder and then copying / ...
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Unable to send files using AirDrop from iPhone to Mac

I keep seeing this issue where I am unable to send files using AirDrop from iPhone to Mac. The iPhone does not show Macbook when sharing the file through AirDrop. I have ensured that the Allow me to ...
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I clicked Replace instead of Merge and it wiped the folder. Where did my files go?

I had about 4gb of important files inside 'Folder A' in Documents. I tried to transfer some files from my external drive to 'Folder A', so I copied the whole folder from my external drive, and it ...
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Is file sharing to iOS no longer available on iTunes for Windows? How can I transfer files from Windows to an app on an iOS device

I have some files stored on a Windows system that I'd like to transfer to an app on my iPad. Apple still has a page about using iTunes to copy files to an app on an iOS device. However, this option ...
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Sort files into folders based on first two digits of filename?

I constantly get hundreds of .pdf files I would like sorted into folders based on the filename. The filenames are made up of a couple elements, although only the first string of letters and the first ...
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In a copy operation why does macOS Big Sur send a lot of packets to the hard drive it is copying from?

Copying a large file from an external hard drive to a Mac, shows a lot of packets first going to the hard drive. Then there is a period of no disk activity. Then what I expected happens, packets ...
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The exact steps for adding an audiobook to iPhone 2020 SE

On contrary to what I wrote half a year ago and what someone wrote ten years ago this is again not working. I think I have passed all the prerequisites: I am using the same account on both my PC (...
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Copy Desktop folder and preserve layout

How can I copy the Desktop folder from machine A to machine B and preserve the current icon layout? I want to replicate the Desktop contents and layout in both machines. I mean the actual Desktop, not ...
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Slow transfer between two external drives

Copying data to a USB external drive is much slower than expected. I have a 6TB external RAID drive that holds my photos, and I'm trying to do an archive copy of this data to another external USB ...
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How can I move my photos from my iPad storage to my Windows 7 computer without a USB cable, AirDrop and iCloud?

I tried to select all the pictures, which is rather tedious, and upload them to Google Drive, but if >100 pictures, Google Drive won't upload all the images. to SendAnywhere, but this would take ...
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Corrupt Photos in Photos_Private.photoslibrary

When I try to open a photo in Photos_Private.photoslibrary, its corrupted. However, if I select Show Package Contents and open the Originals folder, everything is fine. So the question is, where do I ...
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Transfer private MP3 files from my PC to my iPhone SE 2020

tl;dr: I want to add my own .mp3 files (and audiobook etc.) to my iPhone SE 2020. After selecting File > Add to Library and selecting file in iTunes for PC, files are added, but nothing happens ...
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Migrate old files (with date created) to new mac

I am considering buying a new macbook of a different model. Is there a way I could migrate the files ALSO keeping the original "date created" intact?
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Are foreground applications allocated more system resources than others?

Sometimes it seems like Time Machine backups, file transfers, and software updates speed up after focusing their windows. Is this just psychological or an actual feature?
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Any free way to transfer pictures from an iPhone X to any other PC via wifi

I've attempted to do task of just downloading all of an iPhone's pictures to a PC over WiFi. Is there a way to do this for free over WiFi without going through iTunes or at least with very lightweight ...
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Can I delete the system and application files on old MBP 2009 hard drive and still access the files in users?

I have an old MBP hard drive that has my old photos and documents stored on it. I have put it in a case and can connect it to my new MBP but it runs quite slowly presumably as it's so old. If I ...
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How can an iPod touch play mp3 transferred as files on storage instead of Apple sync using iTunes?

I am currently looking for ways to transfer files from my Linux machine to my version 6.1 iPod Touch. Following this guide, I have been able to use the ifuse package to treat my iPod Touch like a USB ...
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How can I move files by USB between a version 6.1 iPod Touch and a Linux machine?

I've recently dug out my old 5th Gen (A1421) model iPod Touch and put it back to factory settings. It's currently running version 6.1 (10B141) of its OS. I don't want to find that a software update ...
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How to sync videos between a PC and an iPad?

I have edited a video on my computer and I want to upload it to my Ipad. The problem is that the video does not end up on my photos/videos library, hence I cannot reuse it in an ipad application or ...
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Is there a way to send a music file from Finder to an iPhone's music library?

I have files in, for example, ~/Downloads/music that I'd like to have on my iPhone's local music library. Is it possible to do this via Finder or some Terminal command, rather than having to connect a ...
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