I'm having to move 1000s of documents from a folder into the parent library, I'm wondering if this would cause any issues with version history, ownership of the documents or the modified by/date, check in /out? I would be moving the documents via Windows Explorer (using SharePoint 2010).

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    If you use the Content & Site Structure feature to move the files, all of the metadata and versioning should remain intact.
    – Omegacron
    Mar 12, 2015 at 21:02

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It should be fine as long as you cut & paste (move) instead of copy & paste (copy).

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    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Mar 12, 2015 at 21:18
  • The answer is perfectly clear.
    – yandr
    Mar 13, 2015 at 8:14

I have tested this and there doesn't seem to be any adverse affects to the metadata, version history, check out / in or modified date/by. Moving documents from a folder to a parent library causes no issues as far as I can see

  • Good to know. So looks like you found your own answer :-) Mar 12, 2015 at 18:53
  • Slight correction on my comments above. I have tested again, it won't allow documents that are checked out to someone else to be moved, it will only move documents check out to you!
    – Haz
    Mar 20, 2015 at 15:33

Unfortunately you are going lose all those metadata information that you are inquiring about :-(. Looks like you would need a 3rd party tool if keeping metadata info is important. Check following links for details. Hope this helps!

  • Why would the metadata disappear if all I'm doing is moving the documents out of the folder and into the parent library? I didn't think it would cause the metadata any issues only the versioning/modified date and by.
    – Haz
    Mar 11, 2015 at 17:40
  • Good question. I've not tested this out myself but I thought I read somewhere. Why don't you have a quick test with a test library? Mar 11, 2015 at 20:36

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