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To get large file from one place to another what is faster cutting or copying a file ? What factors can influence the result?
I've heard it matters if they are on the same drive and the speed of the drive, but don't know for sure.

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It depends on some factors.

If you're moving the file on the same drive and partition it will be faster to cut/paste than to copy since it's not actually moving the data.

If it's across partition or drive boundries it will always be a copy or copy+erase so the difference is minimal.

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On the same disk, cutting, by a considerable margin. On different disks, Copying, by virtue of cutting would require the original to be deleted, which would take a tiny amount of time.

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