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I'm about to move audio files off my laptop before reformatting so that I can move them back again once its complete.

A friend of mine believes that cutting/pasting will be quicker than copying/pasting because the system doesn't need to duplicate the files, only simply move them.

Is this true?

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You still have to actually write the data there, so why should copying be slower than moving? –  slhck Jun 9 '12 at 15:03
    
Actually moving will take few milliseconds longer - because file system metadata on origin drive would need to be updated. :) –  Josip Medved Jun 9 '12 at 15:41
    
I don't think you want to be cutting without pasting if you want to keep the data.... –  ck. Jun 9 '12 at 16:33
    
@ck That was a typo. I've edited the question. –  Curt Jun 11 '12 at 8:13
    
Ask him if he thinks writing out an entire page of text is faster than writing out an entire page of text, then throwing the original away. –  Dracs Jun 11 '12 at 8:17

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The files still need to be moved onto the drive, thus a copy still needs to be made; bit for bit. There should not be any significant changes. (If it was moving a file from the 2 locations on the same disk, cutting would take less time as it only has to re-write the location of the file and not the file itself.)

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