Can't have Lion copy a lot of files at once?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Gregintosh, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    Okay, so this is a weird problem. I have a few external hard drives containing iMovie stuff, iTunes backups, etc. and I wanted to put all their contents onto a single 3TB hard drive.

    So I select the folders (some of which are hundreds of gigs) and copy and paste them into the big hard drive. Clearly, that will take several hours so I leave the room.

    When I come back, it looks like its done, but not all the files have copied over. Usually maybe 50-70GB of files are copied over, the rest of the files are "greyed out" and have 0 bytes. But the copying progress bar is gone and it appears its over.

    I have to end up copying files one by one to ensure they get copied over.

    Any idea of what the problem is?

    I Never had such a problem in Snow Leopard before.
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Check the console for errors.

    Also, when I am doing large copies like that I usually revert to the shell and use rsync. It's much faster and dependable.
  3. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    Yes I agree. For copies like this I use ditto or rsync.
  4. kockgunner macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Same problem

    It seems like the same issue as discussed here:

    Mine throws up some sort of error always and says the operation cannot be completed. This makes transferring files tedious, because I have to constantly check inside folders and verify file sizes and such to see if everything copied over..

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