I cut and paste an 80GB worth of files and folders. At about 80% I cancelled it. Are some of the files deleted and gone forever? Does the files that were successfully transferred gets deleted? If yes, can I still recover them?

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    For future ref, I would just to a copy and paste and make sure that all files are copied correctly, then delete the old ones. This saves a lot of time with data loss. – Sandeep Bansal Aug 26 '11 at 11:56
  • How did you cancel the paste operation? I didn't event know it was possible... – bbaja42 Aug 26 '11 at 14:38

When you cut and paste the data, the data transfer proceeds one file by one from the location of transfer to the other location. Until the file transfer is completed, the files are not deleted from the original location(from where the files were cut). If by chance the transfer is interrupted the files which have not transferred yet will remain in the original location and you can again proceed with your transfer.

There is a very small chance of losing data if the transfer is interrupted by a power failure or a system hang. In my case I've never lost data when cutting and pasting, no matter the size.

  • when i cancelled the process at that time the file that was transfered from source to destination it will remain in original location but in my case it is also available in destination, when i again did the same process i.e. remaining file transfer it display a warning message - do you want to override, strange – V.Y. Jan 14 '18 at 8:19

No file should be lost. Information that was copied will remain copied, and information that was not copied will remain where it was.

  • What is "information" a bit, a byte, a file, a folder? Please be more precise. – Robert Aug 26 '11 at 13:34
  • Edited to answer. – soandos Aug 26 '11 at 14:15

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