The cut function is preferred by some computer users over the copy function when relocating files as using copy can slow down computer functions. Copying and pasting files also uses more disk space.

When copy/pasting files, the original file is left in its place and a duplicate is made and put into the location specified by the user during pasting. The duplication function takes more time than cutting does, as with the cutting function, the file is simply being moved from one location to another. Copy/pasting also results in multiple files with the same name on the system, which can become confusing and uses up additional disk space on the hard drive.