Copying from External HD (EXFAT) to MAC

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by richacam14, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. richacam14 macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2017
    My external HD is a exfat file format, when i try and copy from that to my MAC, it says 'cannot copy file, the file already exists'. But obviously it doesnt. copy to the HD is fine but not from the HD.

    any suggestions or tips?

  2. Kissmyne macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2015
    ExFAT to HFS+ and HFS+ to ExFAT are supported in macOS and their behavior would be the same as HFS+<->HFS+ with regard to copying files in Finder. The message you are getting implies that the file by that name may already exists.. with that in mind it can mean one of two things.. 1. Indeed there is at least 1 file with a name conflict present in the destination drive/directory.. or 2. The destination drive is experiencing filesystem/disk errors(To fix run Disk First Aid).

    Easiest way to both tell and get around #1 mentioned above, is to simply create a new folder at your desired drive location and copy the files to that location. If it works.. then it was a name or file conflict("a file by that name already exists), if it fails then the destination drive likely is experiencing an issue with either the filesystem or the components of the drive itself

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