OS X :: Mac Not Doing Simple Things Like Copying Files And Other General Tasks?

May 13, 2010

A few days ago I took the back off of my MBP to clean some of the dust, and put it back together. now when I start up I get a bar under the spinning gear that disappears after a few seconds. My start up and shut down have been really slow and often hangs on shut down, when I first installed Snow leopard, every thing was instant.

Recently I have been having weird application crashes and problems with installing programs from a DMG (steam). iTunes has given me errors and so has Mail, it just suddenly crashed and asked me to rebuild the messages constantly until a re-boot.

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OS X :: Making Simple Backup Folders / Files Shell Script?

Oct 13, 2009

I just have about 10 folders to backup and have been trying to make a shell script that I can run and backup the folders to my external. Right now I am just using the cp command to: cp -r /folder1 /folder2 /folder3 /backuplocation

I realize this is a very crude way to backup files, and I am wondering if there is a better/more efficient way to do this? Also, is there a way to have the script print it's progress so far? Kind of like a percentage or estimated time left in the terminal window? You are probably wondering why I just don't use a backup program, but I am using this a learning experience, too.

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Software :: Files Disappearing After Copying / Newly Copied Files Missing From New Location

Dec 25, 2010

This only happens when she copies files between internal hard drives. After copying the files, she verifies that files exist in both locations. She then deletes the files in the old location. Then, newly copied files are missing from the new location.

I've never heard of this happening before, except for with improperly unmounted external drives. I have run disk utility and verified that there are no problems with either drive.

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IMac :: Stop Downloading Files/copying To Clipboard And Saving Files To Desktop?

Nov 29, 2009

Why does my mac stop downloading files, copying to clipboard, saving files to desktop, etc?

iMac g5 1.9 ghz 17" running 10.5.8. Had a hard drive crash and bought a new one. Loaded new OS leapord. Everything works fine at first, but after the computer has been on for a while, it will stop downlading files, disk verify doesn't work. I can't copy and paste stuff. It seems as if the hard drive is full, but I have only used 32GB of 300GB.

When I restart, it works again, then slowly not. Is it an overheating issue? How do I know if my fan is running? Is it a bad hard drive I put in it? Bought it new with three year waranty.

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Software :: Files Disappearing While Copying / Newly Copied Files Missing From New Location

Jul 2, 2009

On several separate occasions, one of our users has had trouble with files "disappearing."

This only happens when she copies files between internal hard drives. After copying the files, she verifies that files exist in both locations. She then deletes the files in the old location. Then, newly copied files are missing from the new location.

I've never heard of this happening before, except for with improperly unmounted external drives. I have run disk utility and verified that there are no problems with either drive.

Could anyone help explain why this is happening or how to prevent it?

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OS X :: Error When Copying Files?

Sep 5, 2010

I get the above error when I try to copy my music folder (not the iTunes folder) to another hard drive. Both drives are formated Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Its about 130gb of data.

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OS X :: Copying Files From One External HHD To Another?

Sep 17, 2010

... copy files from an external HDD ( journaled case-sensitive) to a different HDD (journaled)?

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OS X :: Copying Files From One Mac To Another Over A Network?

Jul 25, 2008

It would seem intuitive to drag and drop files from one Mac to another via Share Screen under VNC but it doesn't work. Am I being dumb here?

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OS X :: Copying Files From Windows To Mac?

May 6, 2009

I am in the process of buying a new MacBook Pro. It will be my first Mac, though I use one everyday at work (typing from a new iMac now).

My question is, when I get the MacBook, how can I copy all my files from my current Windows-based external HDD, onto the MacBook?

I am mostly concerned in saving my pictures and songs if it makes a difference.

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OS X :: See How Fast Files Are Copying?

Jul 7, 2009

I just got a MacBook and I'm wondering how to see transfer speeds when copying files. In vista you simply clicked more information and it showed it.

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OS X :: Copying Files Without Redundancy?

Jun 4, 2010

When backing up files to an external drive, I end up overwriting the older versions of files that were previously backed up. Is there a way to copy files from one place to another, but just have files that have been changed to update?

Kind of like how Time Machine or Drop Box works. It just senses changed files and overwrites those, but doesn't recopy unchanged files.

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Software :: Copying Files From X86 To Ppc?

Jan 15, 2009

I am trying to move some files from an x86 machine to a ppc machine. Both are running Mac OS X 10.4 The files have some extended attributes set for them.

Hence, I used the tar utlity to create an archive and then moved the archive.

However, the file data is moved correctly but all the extended attributes are lost Why is this?

I learnt that all extended attributes are stored in the resource fork.

Both the machines have the HFS+ filesystem.

Hence, even the resource forks must get copied right?

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Applications :: Making Flash Video Files / Create Simple Flash Movies?

Jul 8, 2007

I want to create a simple flash movie (I don't yet own or know how to use Adobe Flash). Pretty flowers in the background, inspirational music, passages from the Bible or something fading in an out... you know the schtick. Maybe convert it to a screen saver.

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OS X :: Copying Files Over The Network To A Windows PC?

Dec 15, 2010

I have 13 files totalling about 4.5GB on my new MBP that I've tried to copy over the network to my Windows PC. The actual copy process itself indicates that all 4.5GB of data has been copied across, but on the Windows PC only 6 of the 13 files actually appear, so somewhere in the process the other 7 files have been 'lost'. Has anyone got any idea what could be going on here and how and where the other files have vanished to even though the MBP indicates the data has been copied over?

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MacBook Air :: Copying Files From IPhone?

Jun 9, 2008

So i copied all my itunes music and photos to my iPhone. Can I hook it to my MBA which is coming soon and transfer everything over. including purchased music?

reason being is I sold my MB and I don't have an external drive.

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OS X :: Copying Files From Mac To Windows Using A Pendrive

Apr 23, 2009

I just wanted to ask. Is it possible for me to copy files from a Mac OS to a Windows OS using a pen drive? Will the files be accessible in my Windows station?

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OS X :: Access Privileges For Copying Files?

May 27, 2009

I have just this evening noticed a problem on my computer. When I try to copy a file from one location to another it comes up with boxes telling me I don't have privileges. I have attached images. The boxes appear one after another in order: Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3. I don't have a password on the account. I am the one and only user on the mac. I do have administrate privileges.

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OS X :: Mac Extremely Slow At Copying Files

May 28, 2009

I just did a clean install of the mac and I'm noticing it is extremely slow at copying files back from an External HDD. It is on USB 2.0 connection, and still going maybe 10MB/minute. This is the speed I'd expect from a 1.0 connection. I've checked the wires, everything is connected. I thought maybe I'd speed it up by using an External DVD drive to copy the 20GB music library back from the DVDs rather than the external -- but the external DVD drive showed the same slow speed. The drive didn't even seem to spin up to read faster (like it normally would, it reads/writes quicker than the slot drive on the imac).

It just ran as slow as possible, with the same slow transfer rate. I've been going for a couple hours or more now, and only have 4GB of 16 copied over. I'm guessing there could be a reason for this that I'm missing. It's a fresh install, all updates installed on this Tiger 10.4.11 OS X. External is formatted HFS+ and the iTunes library does not contain any single file over 4 GB, or even close to 1GB. (just music/library files). There has been no problem with the media before.

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IMac :: Copying Files From DVD Cause Restart

Sep 23, 2009

I'm having a problem with my Mid 2007 iMac. Some files copying from a DVD (Logic Express 9 Demo Content), cause my iMac to restart. I know the files are fine as I can copy from another mac. I've had this problem twice before since I've had my mac (Oct 2007), but it was in reverse (trying to burn to a DVD). Everything else works fine copying to and from the drive. I want to ring Applecare, but I can imagine that they will say don't worry about it, since its only them files, and everything else can copy fine.

I've tried all the basic stuff:
-checking a new account
-and the smc

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MacBook Pro :: How Not To Overwrite Everything When Copying Files?

Oct 13, 2009

When I copy and paste a directory in my macbook pro to my timecapsule it keeps overwriting all files and deletes files that are not being overwritten. When it asks me whether i want to overwrite files it does not copy anything when i answer no. How do I copy just newer files and not delete files that are already on my timecapsule but are not on my mac. A PC does not have this problem

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OS X :: Why Do I Get Errors When Copying Or Pasting A Lot Of Files

Mar 23, 2010

I've been trying to copy and paste some files on to a external hard drive. My MBP will calculate the amount and then start copying and pasting but will come back with errors shortly after it began.

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OS X :: Copying Files From NTFS Hdd To MacBook Pro?

Jul 16, 2010

While coping a lot of files from the NTFS drive(to a MBP13" '09) it caused my computer to freeze up, and I had to force a shut down via the power button . Anyone else have problems like this copying a large quantity of files?

Is there a GB limit you can copy at one time, or maximum number of files? FYI, my MBP locked up while it was "preparing to copy." It was stuck on just over the 40,000th file (was the large number of files the problem?).

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MacBook Pro :: Copying Music Files From Pc?

Apr 13, 2012

How do I copy my music files from my PC to my new Mac without using the Migration feature that crashes. 

MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011)

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MacBook Pro :: Copying Large Files From Old To New One?

Jun 19, 2012

I am having another problem transferring some larger folders from my old MacBook to my new MacBook. I am trying to move some very large folders and individual files from my old Mac to my new Mac, both running the latest Lion. I have tried this with both USB Flash drives and with external hard drives. Whenever I drag and drop from Finder to either the flash drive or the hard drive, the copying begins, but always gets stuck with the pinwheel at almost exactly 4.17GB. At first I thought that the formatting of the flash drive might be the culprit, but it also happens on the external hard drive that is formatted for Apple Extended. 

A very "time and effort" intensive workaround is possible if I just copy fewer than 4 GB at a time, which is what I have been resorting to. But this won't allow me to transfer my Windows 7 Parallel virtual machine, since that one file is over 90GB. As additional information, it appears that Time Machine isn't bothered by this limitation, since I can backup and restore these huge files from a backup. Unfortunately, Migration Assistant doesnt seem to permit the granularity of restoring just one file. why the system hangs at 4.17GB of transfer? By the way, this happened with Snow Lion too. It didn't just start with Lion.

Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2), 15" MBPB, 8G RAM 750GB, 500GB

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Files Disappeared While Copying?

Jul 6, 2012

I copied 219 files (JPEG photo files) to a flash drive from my hard disk.Only 135 of them copied and the rest of them disappeared - completely.  No trace.They are just gone.They do not show in any searches. I ran the MacKeeper File recovery program and they do not show up there either. It seems impossible that they could just disappear while being copied but that is what has happened.

OSX 10.5.8 
iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

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OS X :: Copying Large Files From A Bus Powered USB External?

Jun 18, 2008

I think I have found a bug in Finder where I cannot copy large files from a bus powered USB external. I get this error:

"The Finder cannot complete the operation because some data in "..." could not be read or written (Error code -36)"

I think I have eliminated hardware as an issue:

1. The problem is repeatable (and always happens) on my Intel Macbook Pro, Intel Mac Mini and G4 Mac Mini

2. The problem happens whether I have formatted the external as HFS+ or NTFS (I can't use FAT32 for files over 4GB, e.g. VMWare disk images)

3. I can copy the files off the external with my Windows Vista machine (mostly dormant these days) and an XP laptop (I use for work), using Explorer.

4. The same problem happens with two different external enclosures (An Xtatix Portadrive and a Beyond Micro mobile Disk). I have also tried 3 different 2.5" drives in these enclosures.

5. If I boot my Macbook Pro into Vista using Bootcamp, I CAN successfully copy the files using Explorer.

6. I CAN also copy the files OK if I use Terminal and the 'cp' command (it works for all 3 machines)

7. I have NO problems with large files and Finder if I use a powered external with 3.5" drives via USB or Firewire (HFS+ or NTFS) on any of the Macs.

As you see, I think I've been pretty thorough. It seems as though Finder must be at fault when used with a bus powered USB external.

I should also mention that all 3 of my Macs are on Leopard 10.5.3, though I did also boot a my Intel Mac Mini into Tiger with the same result (Finder failed, 'cp' worked).

I have reported the problem to Apple, but wondered if anyone else has had a similar issue...and hey, a solution would be a great bonus!

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OS X :: Copying Large Files To USB Hard Disk?

Jul 2, 2009

I recently picked up a USB Hard Disk, I plan on copying large files to it (for example 20gb VMs), I am wondering whether or not finder can copy files as large as 20gb one at a time because the last time I tried to do this on a USB Stick, the file transfer would either freeze or would end up taking way too long to transfer and in the end I had to pull it out and having to reformat it. DOes anyone here know if such things will happen again copying these files?

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OS X :: Copying Large Files To Network Drive

Nov 22, 2009

I've recently purchased a NAS drive and would now like to copy about 500 GB of files onto it. Obviously this is a slow process! Is there a way I can set up the copy so that if it gets interrupted I can resume the transfer? At the moment the I just know X of 100 GB has been transferred. On the destination drive you can't see any of the files being transferred across until the entire operation is complete (on a pc you can normally see the files that have been transferred immediately) ... I'm a bit worried that if I turn my laptop off or I have any network issues the transfer will fail..

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OS X :: Copying Files In Single User Mode

Feb 27, 2010

My mac will not boot normally or in safe mode. I can boot to single user mode. I was trying to copy some files from the mac to a USB disk and it did not work. Now when i enter single user mode it spams USBF: 63.570 AppleUSBEHC2{0x3fc38001] found a transaction past the completion deadline on bus 0xfd, timing out! The number changes but keeps going. Im just trying to transfer my paper from my mac to the usb stick in single user mode.

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Hardware :: Transferring (not Copying) Files To USB Drive?

Aug 23, 2010

I recently bought a WD 1TB external USB drive, however when I move files to it OS X copies the files onto the drive instead of simply moving them, as is standard procedure for external drives. I'm wondering if just transferring the files would be any faster, and if so, how to do it?

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