To organize digital content, I move around files and folders many times (within the same external hard drive), as well as rename folders too. Would this affect the performance specially speed of the hard drive?

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It shouldn't.
All it's doing is moving a pointer. The files themselves don't move anywhere, just the address to them is updated.

  • In FAT-type file systems directory entries will be rewritten at the new location and deleted at the old location.
    – r2d3
    Apr 28, 2022 at 11:02

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