Copy Files While Ignoring Errors

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AusMacFan, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. AusMacFan macrumors member

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    Hi there.
    So my external HDD has been playing up lately; i was using it as an external itunes folder as well as some general storage. However, it began to give me errors when trying to read/write files. My first instinct was to make sure my itunes folder is safe, but while trying to make a local copy of it, it wouldn't complete the process, having recurring errors on certain files.

    After calling up and asking apple services, they got me to try a few different things with HDD, but now it has gotten to the point where whenever I try to copy the folder, it stops immediately with this error:

    The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “.DS_Store” can’t be read or written.
    (Error code -36)


    So now I just want to find a way to copy the folder while ignoring errors. The worst case scenario is that I lose my itunes library along with everything else off that HDD, so naturally I just want to secure those files. How do I go about copying the folder while ignoring errors? Some searching around the internet has led me to the ditto feature in terminal, but I can't seem to get this to work.

    Any help would be much appericated :)
     
  2. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    #2
    Make hidden files visible and then delete the .ds_store file. Then try copying.
    Or, make hidden files visible, select everything, then unselect .ds_store, then copy/paste.
     
  3. AusMacFan thread starter macrumors member

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    This is essentially what the apple guy told me, and i tried it again even now, but it won't work at all. If I try to delete the .ds_store it gives me an error and won't let me continue. If I try to copy everything but the .ds_store the copying starts, but then stops abruptly and finder closes.
     
  4. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    #4
    Then you are probably into recovery software. You can google for free stuff but Data Rescue (paid) gets the best write ups. You'll have to pay but consider that a fair swap for not bothering with backups :D
     

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