Effects on NTFS Permissions When Copying and Moving Files and Folders

* When you copy files and folders, they inherit permissions of the destination folder

When you move files and folders within the same partition, they retain their permissions

* When you move files and folders to a different partition, they inherit the permissions of the destination folder

Introduction When you copy or move a file or folder, the permissions may change depending on where you move the file or folder. It is important to understand the changes that the permissions undergo when being copied or moved.

Effects of copying files When you copy files or folders from one folder to another folder, or from one and fo|ders partition to another partition, permissions for the files or folders may change.

Copying a file or folder has the following effects on NTFS permissions:

■ When you copy a folder or file within a single NTFS partition, the copy of the folder or file inherits the permissions of the destination folder.

■ When you copy a folder or file to a different NTFS partition, the copy of the folder or file inherits the permissions of the destination folder.

■ When you copy a folder or file to a non-NTFS partition, such as a FAT partition, the copy of the folder or file loses its NTFS permissions, because non-NTFS partitions do not support NTFS permissions.

Effects of moving files To copy files and folders within a single NTFS partition or between NTFS and fo|dere partitions, you must have Read permission for the source folder and Write permission for the destination folder.

When you move a file or folder, permissions may change, depending on the permissions of the destination folder. Moving a file or folder has the following effects on NTFS permissions:

■ When you move a folder or file within an NTFS partition, the folder or file retains its original permissions.

■ When you move a folder or file to a different NTFS partition, the folder or file inherits the permissions of the destination folder. When you move a folder or file between partitions, Windows Server 2003 copies the folder or file to the new location and then deletes it from the old location.

■ When you move a folder or a file to a non-NTFS partition, the folder or file loses its NTFS permissions, because non-NTFS partitions do not support NTFS permissions.

Effects of copying and moving within volumes

To move files and folders within an NTFS partition or between NTFS partitions, you must have both Write permission for the destination folder and Modify permission for the source folder or file. The Modify permission is required to move a folder or file, because Windows Server 2003 removes the folder or file from the source folder after it copies it to the destination folder.

The following table lists the possible copy and move options and describes how Windows Server 2003 treats the compression state of a file or folder.

Action Result

Copy a file or folder within a volume Move a file or folder within a volume Copy a file or folder between volumes Move a file or folder between volumes

Inherits compression state of the destination folder

Retains original compression state of the source

Inherits compression state of the destination folder

Inherits compression state of source file or folder

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