Originally Posted by Logisticaldron
Hes talking about simply cutting a file or folder and then pasting it in another place. All you can do with Mac OS X is copy that file, paste it in another location and then delete the original -or- emulate a cut and paste event with a drag-and-drop of the pointing device, but that isnt as fast as doing a cut and paste.
I still don't follow what you mean by the words "cutting" or "pasting" as they relate to files. Maybe that's bastardized M$ terminology from the world of Windows? I've been using computers since the mid 1970's. Not much has changed since then in regards to files and storage devices: You can either create, copy, move, or delete files.
Sounds like you're talking about either moving or copying operations. By default, the Finder will move
a file, if the action is on the same logical device (e.g. HD). It will copy
a file across devices, however, or onto the same device if you hold down the option key.
Now if what you want is to "move" a file across devices, that is to copy it from one device to another, and then delete the original, then that could certainly be done safely via the shell, or via Applescript/Automator. There might
even be a modifier key to do that from the Finder, but if there is, i don't know what it is.