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OS 10.4 - Replacing files within a folder, rather than the entire folder


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Forgive me if this has been answered before, I searched around and couldn't find anything on it, but I wasn't sure exactly what to search for, so that may have been it.

Anyway, I have a question. One of the things I miss about Windows is when you replace a folder with another folder with update files, it replaces the files within the folder, rather than the entire folder itself. I'd like to see if I could achieve this same functionality in Mac OSX.

I'll give an example, becuase that may have been a little confusing.

I have Folder A. Within Folder A I have Files X, Y, and Z. Company Q releases an update to some of the files in Folder A. When I download the update, its a zip file with Folder A and updated Files Y and Z. In windows if I simply drag the new Folder A over the old Folder A, Files Y and Z would be replaced with the new versions, and File X would stay intact. However, in Mac OSX if I overwrite Folder A with the new Folder, I would lose File X.

How can I have it so overwriting a folder replaces the files within the folder, rather than the entire folder itself?
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That doesn't sound right at all. However, the easiest way to do it is to open the new version of folder X, hit command-A to select everything, then drag them all into the original folder X at the same time. I'll have a play later, though, because it shouldn't delete files within a folder like that at all.
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Open up the new folder, drag Y and Z to the old one, and you're done.

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Yeah, thats what I've been doing. Sometimes though theres folders within folders. I was just trying to eliminate redundant steps
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I've lost many of files when I first started using osX because of this. It's really the only thing I don't like about osX. So far, I haven't figured out a way to do it anyother way.
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Giving this a quick bump to see if there are any other ideas.
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