Can't copy iPhoto 09 library

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  1. vbmike73 macrumors regular

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    I have my library on my iMac running Snow Leopard and iPhoto 09. I want to copy it to my MacBook Pro running the same. Whenever I try to copy it over, I get the following error after it copies a few MB worth:

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

    I have found a similar problem online that someone was having, but it was error code -30, and they didn't have a fix.

    Any ideas? Does this have to do with permissions?

    And if there is a better way to do what I am trying to accomplish, PLEASE tell me. Ultimately, I want to keep the master library on my iMac, and be able to view it on my MBP. Prior to updating to Snow Leopard, I never had this problem of copying it over. It would take a while, but it worked. So if there is an efficient way to share, I'm listening! Thanks in advance!
     
  2. iShater macrumors 604

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    Have you run Disk Utility on the drive to see if there are errors? I would start there.
     
  3. brianmcdoogle macrumors newbie

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    I can't help you, but I have had this problem for a while on Snow Leopard, and as a result, my iPhoto Library isn't backed up, which is frightening to me. I tried copying it to another location on my hard drive and copying it back. I tried copying the copy, and nothing seems to work. I tried Chronosync to get it to an external drive and that didn't work as well, and the format of the drive had no effect on it. I dunno. Disk Utility shows no problems.
     
  4. vbmike73 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I can't get it to copy to to any drive. Well, I should clarify. I am trying to copy this over my network. So through Finder, from my iMac, I connect to my MBP. Then I drag the library over to the MBP. This is the way I have always done it with no problems. I have tried copying it directly to the MBP internal HD (over the network still) and I have also tried copying it to both external FW hard drives I have conencted to the MBP. So none of those options work. So I know the drives are fine, so no need for disk utility. But I have not tried copying it directly to an external hooked up to the iMac. I will try that tonight and see if that even works. Then I'd know if it's a library issue, or a network issue. Maybe some network settings got changed when I upgraded to Snow Leopard? Is that possible? Although, I know I can see the MBP from the iMac, and vice-versa.
     
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  6. iShater macrumors 604

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    Can you copy it to a local folder without issues?
     
  7. vbmike73 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Last night I was successfully able to copy it to a USB External HD that was attached to the source Mac. So I know there's nothing wrong with the library itself. It must have something to do with trying to copy it over the network to a FW HD attached to my target Mac. But it always worked fine prior to Snow Leopard, if that's even what's causing the problems. Could there be anything with permissions I could check?
     

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