Problems with Folder Icons when Copying Multiple Folders from External Drive?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Starfyre, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2010
    When copying multiple folders over from an external drive (note: finder is in icon view), you can see the folder with a "progress bar" icon that shows the status of the copying. I noticed that when you copy a second set of folders while the a first set of folders you copied over is still in progress, once the folders finish copying, the folder icon does not change to a normal folder icon and just stays with an icon of the folders in progress bar.

    The files appear to be in the folders copied, just the folder icon just has a progress bar that appears as if it was still doing something with copying.

    Even closing finder does not fix the issue unless you restart the computer, or switch to "list view" then back to "icon view".

    Anyone else see the same issue?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    Yes, I've seen this as well.

    I'm going to file a bug report on it (if it's not already reported.)

    Freaked me out, as the folder displaying the erroneous "in progress" indicator was really important, and I thought I was stuck with a partial copy of files. Turns out, everything copied completely -- it was just a UI glitch like the one you described.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2008
    I have the same issue as well. It happens when I copy multiple folders from an external USB drive to the hard drive. If I do a Get Info on the folder after the copy the progress bar goes away.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    A small rural village in western Poland
  5. macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2012
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2008
    Same Here.... I just copied 4 massive folders to my Bitcasa folder... But then decided to cancel while it was still "preparing files" all 4 folders have empty progress bars permanently emblazoned on them!
  7. macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2013
    Open a Terminal,
    type in cd, followed by a space, but DON'T press return yet.
    Drag the folder that contains all the files with a permanent progress bar.
    Press return.

    Type in:

    rm .DS_Store
    killall Finder

    Then see if the progress bar is gone.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2010
    old thread but it's still happening on 10.9.4 mavericks. :( worried as hell something was wrong until i saw this thread
  9. macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2014
    It's really common when copying multiple folders to an external hard drive, especially if you do something to interrupt the process before it finishes. It doesn't prevent the problem from happening, but I just make a new folder, drag the contents of the old folder into it, delete the old folder, and give the new folder the same name as the old folder. Good as new, albeit annoying.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2014
    Worked for me

    This happened to me today, so I tried the above. It definitely works, but it killed off all the items going to that external drive, not just that one folder. That's actually great because I had several with the stuck status bar icon. However, it was also in the process of copying a folder, and that killed off too.

    Thanks for the resolution, this was overall, much more convenient than having to copy folders and such. :cool::apple:


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