You may be high / You may be low4 October 2008
The Windows installation on my computer is currently spending many hours to accomplish something that should take less than a minute.
Most computer storage systems have a sort of thing that some of us know as
directory and others know as
folder. People speak and tend to think of files as being
in these things, but actually files are only
in these things in much the same sense as a persons are
in a phone book. Hence,
directory is at least the less misleading term (paper files being
in paper folders more as people are
in buildings). Directories are usually themselves implemented as files, which then makes it trivial to put directories
in other directories.
C on my computer entirely resides on one physical hard drive. I have a directory on
C such that I'd like to
move it from one parent directory on
C to another on
C. What that literally means is that I would like to add a listing for it to another directory, remove a listing from the earlier parent, and change what the
moved directory lists as its parent. I don't want to relocate the files that it contains to another part of the logical drive; I certainly don't want to relocate them to another physical drive. I don't even want to relocate the directory in question. I just want to change which parent directory lists the directory in question (and what it lists as its parent directory). So I did a cut-and-paste from one folder to another, something on the order of twelve hours ago. The move is still in-process; the
progress bar indicates that it is less than half done. The disk drive is in a state of near-continuous activity, and the dialogue box is listing the subcontents of the directory one-by-one.
(Sadder still, this move is in preparation for moving the files in question to a different physical device, which will take considerable time no matter which operating system is used.)