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I have two internal drives in my Mac, an SSD and an HDD. Since parts of my home directory are symlinked to the HDD, I frequently run into an issue where dragging a file into a different folder causes it to be copied instead of moved. (Because, for example, the Documents folder is technically on a separate drive than my Desktop folder, the former being on the HDD instead of the SSD.)

Is there a way to, for drag operations between those two drives specifically, make Move the default action rather than Copy? Having to remember to hold Command is kind of annoying.

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If you are familiar with bash and the terminal, you can use the mv command. For example:

mv ~/Documents/test.txt /Volumes/Drive/Documents/

mv the command, ~/Documents/test.txt the source (home dir/Documents/test.txt) and lastly /Volumes/Drive/Documents/ the destination.

Im not sure if Mac OS has a feature to set cut or move as a default. I have a mac and I dislike the copy drag and drop as well so I just use the terminal. Hope this helps sum.

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