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Copy/paste vs. copy-to-folder are only two ways to move files around in Windows. But which is better?
Is there any real difference between a "copy and paste" method versus the old tried and true method of using the Edit menu, select all the files you want to copy to another location and then select the "copy to a folder" command which brings up the standard browse dialog box in which you navigate to the destination and then click "copy". I would imagine that both methods copy exactly the same number of bytes, every 0 and every 1. It's just a matter of personal preference.
In this excerpt from Answercast #93 I look at various ways of copying and moving files around in Windows. How you do it is basically a matter of personal preference.
You imagine correctly. And in fact, neither is tried or true. You will find that many people are only aware of the copy/paste method and have no inkling that the other method even exists.
And those are only two of what turns out to be several methods:
You can drag and drop;
You can use copy and paste, of course;
You can go to a command prompt and use copy commands at the command line.
There are many, many different ways to copy and move files around in Windows. They are ultimately, at the end of the day, all doing exactly the same thing. They're copying a bunch of bits from one location to another. And they all fundamentally do it the same way once the process is initiated.
What it boils down to is, as you've correctly identified, personal preference. Whatever you are comfortable with; whichever model of understanding how copying files works works for you.
So there's no difference. Use whichever one you feel most comfortable with and don't be surprised if you find somebody else is more comfortable with something else.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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