Say I drag and drop files from a source site into the folder structure of a new site (destination site) that I'm migrating content to. The source sites file paths are the exact same as the destinations paths.

Source: sites/default/files/attachments

Destination: sites/default/files/attachments

So instead of migrating the actual file I just need Drupal to point to the same location as the source site and the file will be there but when migrating the files over it wants to migrate the entire file.

Is this possible? Maybe after content migration I will need to reconfigure the attachments paths?

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Say I drag and drop files from a source site into the folder structure of a new site (destination site) that I'm migrating content to.

Dont do this. Migrate D2D has file handling classes to move the files for you. In the UI it's super easy, in code you select the correct file handing class.

Read the documentation on migrating files for D2D. There are 4 cases it supports, depending on how the remote file needs to be fetched.

In the D2D UI you just want to be sure to setup the File_class value for your migration ok. Typically the Files are migrated (moved) to Drupal as 1 of the 1st auto-generated migrations. Then in Node content that relates the migrated files to the (migrated) Node you set file class to FileFID and select the previous Source Migration that moved the file into the new site.


So for example with a website with existing image fields in a content type. On the destination Drupal 7 side of the migration I tell it the legacy field and tell the configuration to use MigrateFileFID this will map just the file ID between the 2 drupal instances:

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See field_ofellow_photo above for an example of this configuration for D6 -> D7.

Then Migrate will see the information for the migration steps:

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If you use MigrateFileFID then Migrate doesnt (necessarily) move the files I believe if you leave off the destination information, it just moves FIDs. See the documentation on MigrateDesinationFile and MigrateFileFid.

  • Thanks Ill check it out. There are like 10 gigs worth of files do you think migrate can handle that much?
    – cwahlfeldt
    Apr 15, 2016 at 19:22
  • You can move the directory by hand and use the FID file class and map to the legacy drupal 6 FID.
    – tenken
    Apr 15, 2016 at 19:29
  • That sounds good! How would I go about it in the UI? Would I need to create a custom class file and then track it down some how?
    – cwahlfeldt
    Apr 15, 2016 at 19:34
  • please see my edits above. I can't offer any more help at this time. If needed you can create your own migrate destination file class. That is covered in the linked documentation I provided.
    – tenken
    Apr 19, 2016 at 19:58
  • Worked like a charm! Just had to add MigrateFileFid to the default of that field option and bam they came over. Thanks @tenken!
    – cwahlfeldt
    Apr 19, 2016 at 20:17

You can set up the field mapping to reuse existing files:


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