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Windows 7: Moving directory tree doesn't delete folders?

19 Feb 2013   #11

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

I ran sfc /verifyonly (I prefer diagnosis before treatment, rather than simultaneous; letting a program blindly forge on can occasionally cause issues. Found no integrity violations.

It will be a while before I respond again - while it is morning in Australia, it is very late at night here in Canada, and I generally need sleep once every other night, at least.

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19 Feb 2013   #12

Windows 7/8/8.1 x64 &&& Debian-Based Linux

I have not tried cut and paste (it's even more cumbersome than deleting the empty directory tree after moving files)
Hotkeys are your friend (: I actually never use drag and drop, I prefer the keyboard method.
Shift+arrow keys to select, Ctrl+X to cut, Alt+Tab to switch windows (or WinKey+E to get a new Explorer window) then Ctrl+V to paste.
I got into the habit of using hotkeys for copying though because if you drag n drop between drives/partitions Windows does a copy, and if you do it within a partition it does a move. I like to explicitly tell it Ctrl+C for copy or Ctrl+X for cut.
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19 Feb 2013   #13

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

Heh, true, but I tend to work in the same explorer window, using the left hand directory pane. That said, I always use explicit commands for drag and drop - control is always copy, shift is always move, and alt is always shortcut (and thus very rarely used). Every user has their own workflow. (As a recent XKCD comic points out, there are extreme cases.)
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