Help! Finder won't stop copying to desktop

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  1. Temujin macrumors 6502a

    Temujin

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    By accident I started copying 1500 jpg's to the desktop. The loader wheel thingy started going and I tried to quit the task, nothing happened.
    I made a hardware reboot and after restart the transfer just kept going, still does.

    When i try Force Quit I can only relaunch Finder, after a relaunch the transfer just keep going.


    What to do?
     
  2. Patmian212 macrumors 68020

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    Best thing I can think of is just let it continue till its done and then erase the jpgs.
     
  3. angelneo macrumors 68000

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    I had the same problem the last time, I think it was due to too many items on your desktop. Try this, boot into hard disk mode, using another computer, delete off all the images from your desktop.
     
  4. Temujin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The process don't seem to continue. Just sits there doing nothing

    Come again. How, and can this be done with a XP box?
     
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    If you can use your Mac, but not the Finder, start the Terminal and rm the files from your Desktop.
     
  6. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Did you try a Command . to cancel the current task?
     
  7. Temujin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Could use a detailed guide doing that. I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to Mac trouble shooting.
    What's the shortcut for the Terminal?
    and rm?
     
  8. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    There isn't a shortcut for the Terminal. It's an application. If it's not in your Dock then you'll need to find another way as you would normally start it from /Applications/Utilities.

    rm is a Unix command. It stands for remove. rm <filename> removes that file. So rm ~/Desktop/*.jpg would remove all files with a .jpg extension from your Desktop.
     
  9. Temujin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok then. Don't have Terminal in my dock.

    What about a restart with my install cd. Don't the cd have a restore utility or something similar?
     
  10. Temujin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Found Terminal when booting from the install disk. Will this Terminal work too?
     
  11. Temujin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, im back in working order. Did a couple of Finder relaunches and let my Mac stand there for about 45 min. Now everything is back to normal.
    I'll keep Terminal in my dock from now on.
    Working with a fast OS has made me impatient it seems :p

    Thanks for your effort guys.
     

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