Copying data from one folder to another on Mac can take a long time. It will always depend on the amount of data and the speed of the support in which we act, but in any case it is always good to know that, if we need it, we can pause the copy to resume it at another time. Let’s see how.
A copy process that remembers work done when paused
It’s one of the many small innovations th at macOS 12 Monterey has brought us. Until now, if we had to stop a file copy, for some reason, instead of restarting it, we had to start it again from scratch. Now, however, the system is able to remember where you were in the copy and resume the process
Pausing and resuming a file copy is as easy as it gets. First, we need to have a working copy, a copy that we can start by pressing Command (⌘) + C in one folder and then Command (⌘) + V in another. To pause the copy, we simply need to cancel it in the small window where we see the process
By doing this we will see that, in the destination folder, the folder or file that we were pasting appears in a shaded way. A button with a circular arrow will appear next to the folder name. A key on it, or a double-click to open the folder or document, will present us with a message explaining that the copying of the item has been paused and that we can Press on finish copy continue the process or Save a partial copy to be able to resume later.
Thanks to this system, we can interrupt copies that take longer than we have, for example, with the peace of mind that the work already done will be maintained. So when we want to finish copying the files, we will simply touch finish copy for the process to complete. Useful, right?