Software :: Finder Error 36 - Folder Won't Copy To Flashdrive
Nov 28, 2009
I have been pulling a folder with sub-folders from iMAC Desktop to a flashdrive so as to use on my Macbook when I travel. Suddenly after several months with no problems I am getting the msg "The Finder cant complete the operation because some data in * cant be read or written. (Error code -36)" The folder won't copy to flashdrive. I have checked flashdrive with Disk Utility, tried different flashdrive, to no avail. the only way I can move the folder is by moving sub-folders one by one and if they generate the same msg by moving their files one by one. I cannot move as a whole. Running Snow Leopard 10.6.2. It is possible that this commenced after installing an OS X update but i can't be sure.
I have a simple automator sequence that suddenly stopped working for no apparent reason. Copy Finder Items has started returning an error "the file xxx couldn't be saved to the folder yyy" Happens for different files and folders. Can't see anythng that's changed.
Info: MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.4/2.2 GHz), Mac OS X (10.7.3), iPad, iOS 5
I'm attempting to recover from the popular iCloud mistake "Deleting the wrong calendar". I am able to locate the Folder located in the Library of my Time Machine backup, and when I attempt to "Restore to" "Desktop" I receive the following error:
This particular file name is actually located in one of the folders, in the Calendar Folders, and is just one of the many events I would like to restore to my calendar, and the copy operation aborts when I click OK. Each time I retry this a different .ics file is the issue.
Investigating file permissions reveals nothing pertinent that I can see, because I am not attempting to cross any boundaries e.g. I'm in the user account and searching in the same user account, I wish to import Calendar Folder to.
I'm trying to copy photos from my Pictures folder to my external HDD connected to my Time Capsule and received the following error. The operation can’t be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -8058). If I connect it direct to my Mac it copies fine.
I've come across a strange behaviour of Finder when copying a folder over another with the same name. I'm using 10.4.11.
Say I have a folder named "Test" and it contains "File1" and "File2" and I copy it over another folder named "Test", which contains "File3" and "File4". After copying I would expect folder "Test" to contain all four files, but it doesn't! It will only contain the two that I copied over, the original two will be deleted.
Is there any way to have finder replace files of the same name when copying and retain all other files in the destination folder?
I have a hard drive on my 2008 MacPro that's problematic and so I bought a new drive and installed Mavericks on it and am booting just fine on the new drive. There is however, one folder in the Library/Preferences folder that I need to copy over to the new drive. All the tricks for accessing the Library folder work great on the start up drive, but I can't seem to access the Library folder on the old drive (both drives in the MacPro as it has 4 drive bays), even though the drive will mount. How can I see that Library folder on the old drive? Note while I can mount the old drive, I can't boot to it.
I upgraded my MacBook Pro quad core 2.5 from Lion to Mavericks. Since then I get a LOT of beachballs when I'm using Finder. I repaired permissions, deleted com.apple.finder.plist (twice) and finally reinstalled Mavericks over the first one. Still painfully slow and lots of beachballs.
03/06/2014 18:10:13.994 launchservicesd: Application App:"Finder" asn:0x0-1c01c pid:277 refs=8 @ 0x7fc8b870d950 tried to be brought forward, but isn't in fPermittedFrontApps ( ( "LSApplication:0x0-0xeb0eb pid=12980 "SecurityAgent"")), so denying. : LASSession.cp #1481 SetFrontApplication() q=LSSession 100005/0x186a5 queue [code]....
Info: MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.3), Quad core 2.5GHz
I would like to create an archive of important application installers and I will sync the contents between two systems MacPro and Macbook Pro.
I need to pull the names of the application/developers from somewhere so I figured I would use the Application Support directory.
So I need a way to copy this directories folder structure without any of the file contents. Is there an easy way to do this. I found a post with an Automator script but the link is dead [URL]
I also found this post that refers to doing it in terminal but since it is the app support directory I am wary to do this as I am not familiar with terminal at all and I am not clear on what exactly to write in the old_dir / new_dir section. I figure it would be something like this /Library/Application Support but I dont want to make a mistake.
Here is the Terminal command:
cd old_dir find . -type d -depth -print | cpio -pd new_dir
Because of problems accessing our network using Snow Leopard, I've started using the 'Favorites' folder as a 'shortcut' to our networked drives. It works fine and is very useful. A colleague has asked me to set the same facility up on his computer. When I dragged 'Favorites' from his 'Libary' folder to the sidebar, it appeared there with a heart icon. 'Sweet!' we thought. However, we then found that when we dragged one of the folders which he wanted to have in his favorites over to the sidebar, the O.S. proceeded to make a copy of the whole folder contents - instead of it working as a shortcut. What are we doing wrong?
Anyway, one of my home folders for a user account has gone missing. when you are logged into the account it belongs to you can navigate to it via finder. However you cannot see the folder via finder from any other account. This account is NOT an admin. I had this problem when I was running tiger and it still remains now that I have leopard. 2Ghz INtel core 2 duo Aluminum iMac.
I'm in the midst of backing up an external drive (to another external drive) via Firewire 800, which works fine, but for some strange reason one specific file won't be copied. It's an iDVD file with a filesize of 12.98 GB. All other files have been copied without any problems.
When copying over to the backup drive all seems fine for a while, then (after having copied 4.01 GB) I hear some "clunking" sounds from the source drive followed by the error message shown below. I've tried copying the said file several times and to different backup drives, and in all instances the file copying stops at 4.01 GB.
I've checked both drives with Disk utility and they check out fine. And the iDVD file opens fine in iDVD. Could it be that MacOSX needs some free "work space" on one or several of the drives in question, which isn't available?
Cureently, the source drive has only 10.63 GB free space, the destination drive has 582 GB available and the computer's (1.67GHz Powerbook G4) internal 80 GB drive has 23 GB free space.
I'd like to copy the filename and the date created (basically, whatever my Finder's List View shows, which is minimal) so that I can paste it into a plain text document. Is there an easy way to do this without a script? As it stands, when I copy and paste to the text document, I just get the filename with its extension.
this is my first imac, I dont operate windows on it and am stumped. I am trying to transfer my movies onto a media player and external hard drive but it just wont do it. when I just had my previous pc all I had to do was copy and paste and am ready to scream.
When you have a window open in List View, scroll to the middle of the list and then copy a file from another location into that window. When the copy completes the destination window pops to the top of the list, losing your previous focus in that window.
I have an older library, that I updated to the current Aperture, and recently froze from bad media. I think it was a bunch of videos in one of the events. Anyways, I want to copy some of the photos from a event in the old library to a new working library. I tried exporting and it froze, leaving the photo export in some limbo state...
Info: MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)
I've created an ISO file which I need to back up and keep safe. I have a couple on my macbook pro but due to the large file size, it's taking up alot of space on my hard drive. I tried to drag and drop this onto my external hard drive but when I attempted to move them, it came back with an error message saying it wasn't possible to do due to an error. I can drag and drop every other type of file but for some reason this wont want to work? Note: The file itself ranges from 4.9GB - 8GB and I have about 200GB space on my portable hard drive.
I am interested in booting another OS, Besides OSX, such as linux, from a Flashdrive. I was wondering how I might go about actually getting this to work with OSX. I've found some versions of Linux that can boot from a Flashdrive, but I'm not sure how I would get my Macbook to recognize it.
I have loaded photos to a flashdrive and would like to use my MacBook to present a slideshow, but would like to have control over length of time slides are shown and change slides when I want. Is going on iPhoto the only way, and if so how do I control the slides individually?
I just got my first Mac which has Snow Leopard. I've been trying to backup files to an HFS+ extended formatted hard drive. This usually fails because there are files that give me an error code of -41. It's random files. I also believe this is affecting why Time Machine can't backup my filesAnyway I can't find a solution to the -41 error code issue.
I'm trying to copy some music files from my mac pro hard drive to a ReadyNAS, which is using AFP file protocol. I can copy the files one at a time, but if I try to copy many of them at once I get the error code -50 message.
I've had an external hard drive for a while and occasionally had errors with it, but I just tried to back up a new batch of photos and I keep getting Error Code 36 - some data in the file is unable to be read or written. It doesn't matter whether I copy them as a group or individually, nothing's working. I even tried with a pages document to see if it was just photos, and NOTHING will copy - error every time. The drive is formatted in FAT32. It was originally in windows and I reformatted it using a windows program, no partitions. Originally I used it on a restricted mac that wouldn't let me install any software, so I've always just dragged-and-dropped files, which has worked fine until now.
I have a Mac Pro and suddenly it won't copy files from any external drive, or write them either. The drives mount and show up in fiinder, and they start copying, but after about 30 seconds they error out with "The operation can't be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code 50).
It has done this on two different Mac Pros and 3 different external drives. I don't remember this haqppening before. I have Paragon NTFS running on both Macs and they have worked flawlessly for maqny months but now they won't complete.
I just copied a very large number of files using Finder and I discovered that some modification dates were changed. For me this wasn't a problem, but it's strange and I don't understand why it happened. I wonder if anyone else has seen a similar behavior. Here are the details:
I have a Mac Pro running under OSX 10.7.4 with 15 GB of RAM and 7 hard disks. The disks details are as follows: Internal 1 is 500 GB and came with the computer. It is my boot drive and has a variety of material. It's about 75% full.
Internal 2 is 1 TB. It has OSX 10.6.8 on it for use as a repair disk if I need to run TechTools against my main drive or if I need to run SpringCleaning. It is about 85% full and contains mainly videos of one type or another.
Internal 3 is 2 TB. It is 98% full and contains mostly .jpg files. This drive has a single root folder with 3-4 levels of subfolders. Some subfolders have as many as 5000 folders in them. The bottom level folders each have anywhere from 20 to 300 files.
Internal 4 is 3 TB. It was purchased last week because drives 2 and 3 are getting full. My intent is to copy drive 3 to 4, then copy the data from 2 to 3. I'll probably retire 2 since my SMART checks are showing problems.
External 1 is 3 TB and is used only for Time Machine to backup internal 1.
External 2 is 4 TB and is used to backup Internal 2 and 3 using ChronoSync. I'll be changing this to 3 and 4 soon.
4 days ago I installed drive 4 and used Finder to copy the root folder from drive 3 to 4. That took about a day. I then ran ChronoSync in Trial Sync mode to see if everything was OK. (Perhaps I shold have used ChronSync to make the transfer.) I discovered that about 8,000 files had discrepancies. I wrote a simple AppleScript to identify any meta data differences between the files on the two drives. It's been running for about 12 hours and I suspect it will take more than a day to finish. So far all that script has found are modification date differences. I've examined about a dozen of the files and they look OK.
Anyone seen anything like this? Any ideas what happened? I have three user accounts on this Mac Pro. The copy was made in one account with nothing else running, but I was doing a variety of work in another account. The third account was not active. I just did a better search of this forum and discovered a similar case from 2010.
I have a flashdrive that I have used without issue before, but now my imac doesn't "see" it. It works on my macbook just fine. I have investigated the issue by checking DU, but it doesn't show up there, either. I have OSX 10.6.3 on the imac and OSX 10.6.2 on the laptop.
I accidentally opened a virus folder off of my flashdrive from the school computer. I dragged the folder and .exe file to the trash bin and deleted them. I forgot what it is called but it put a restore folder in the flash drive. I was never given the prompt to put my password in to install anything (I wouldn't have if I was.)