Can't Copy Files, Help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Slav2009, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Slav2009 macrumors member

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    I'm in a major jam here, someone please help...

    I have two identical external USB hdd's. One was formatted NTFS which I was using for downloaded movies on my WDTV media player. The other drive is formatted MAC OS EXTENDED (Journaled) which I was using for time machine.

    I got a PS3 and quickly learned I need to have a FAT32 drive in order to have it read my HDD, and I want to eliminate my WDTV. So I copied all the movies from the NTFS drive to the Mac OS Ex drive, took 4 hours but got it done. Then I formatted the NTFS drive to FAT using the Mac, and when I try to copy the movies back a bunch of them are giving me errors:

    The Finder can't complete the operation because some data in "movie name" can't be read or written (Error code -36)

    What do I do?? I can't even copy them to my desktop. Some movies are copying and others aren't.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    As I recall, FAT32 has a 4GB file size restriction
    Perhaps that is your issue here
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You recall correctly:

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
     
  4. Slav2009 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thats not the issue the files are under that size, they are like 1.7gb max, most under 900mb
     
  5. Slav2009 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well about 10% of my movies are corrupt now which makes no sense to me. So dumb
     

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