Error 36 and Terminal

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  1. o2byz macrumors newbie

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    Here's my situation:

    I've got my crashed laptop drive in an enclosure connected via USB to my Imac. I'm trying to copy over the files to my iMac drive. I keep getting this error -36. I've narrowed that down to either filesystem or IO error. It was suggested to use Terminal.app to move the files because there is a flaw in Finder.

    I'm a total noob when it comes to Terminal and Unix. I'd appreciate any help with the context.

    I want to move my itunes and photos which are on the desktop of the drive.
    Is there a way to copy the entire folder to a drive and what are the lines of code for that in Terminal?
     
  2. Big Dave macrumors 6502

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    It depends on the path of your drive. I'll give you an example but you have to put in the correct path AKA location.

    Code:
    cp -r /Volumes/username/desktop ~/Documents
    this will copy your desktop folder from your enclosed drive to your home documents folder.
     
  3. o2byz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried that and I got back this:


    usage: cp [-R [-H | -L | -P]] [-fi | -n] [-apvX] source_file target_file
    cp [-R [-H | -L | -P]] [-fi | -n] [-apvX] source_file ... target_directory

    Like I said, I'm a big time noob with this stuff. Right now Terminal is sitting in the root of my mac (I think).

    The path I'm trying to copy is from the external drive /OS/Users/ColtAV45/Desktop

    I'd like to just copy that straight over.
     
  4. o2byz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    BigDave,

    The code works but I still get the Error -36 pop up when it tries to copy certain files over. What can I do? Do you know how to solve that?
     

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