problems copying data CDs with complex folder structure

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  1. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

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    I have major problems importing/copying files from data CDs.
    Is there a smart way to copy PC-originated folders with a complex hierarchical structure?

    I frequently need to duplicate folders/CDs, mostly the contain photos (typically jpg/tiff/gif, but also PDF, doc and others) and were generated/burned on PCs.
    Invariably, if I try to just copy the CD by dragging it to some other folder, It will start crunching and after some time it will find a “corrupted” file and stop copying.

    Apart from the fact that the files are usually not “corrupted”, because they work on PCs, what I find annoying is that the finder won’t just skip the bad file and keep doing its job, but it will just drop the ball.
    And because it starts copying multiple subfolders at the same time, it’s basically impossible to know what has been copied or not.

    Am I missing something or is this a major flaw of OS X (both panther and jaguar, on multiple machines)?
    Other than dragging files individually, what’s the best way to import files and keep track of what has been copied? Keep in mind that I have no control on the “structure” of the source CDs.

    Thanks
     
  2. Don't panic thread starter macrumors 603

    Don't panic

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    Am I the only one frustrated by this? How do you bypass this problem?
    Any suggestion greatly appreciated
     
  3. encro macrumors 6502

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    I can't say I have had this problem using CD's with complex heirachies. I would assume that either you are using characters in the filename which are invalid on the Mac or your PC's CD Drive is faulty.
     
  4. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    You could always try terminal to perform the copy, using the cp command and see if it reports similar errors.
     

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