"error code -036 can't be read or written" when trying to transfer file!

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  1. davidnssbm macrumors regular

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    HELP! I have two files that I wish to back up to my back up HDs and my back up programs always skip over them because they get "error code -36 can't be read or written" every time! They stop at the same GB# every time with no fail! I can't find any answers online!

    Also, the original source file doesn't seem to be corrupt or anything! Plays fine!

    Thanks!

    EDIT: typo in the title. It's -36 NOT -036
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    I found plenty online relating to this error number [1] [2]. Maybe you were searching 036?
     
  3. davidnssbm thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. munkeyq macrumors newbie

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    I've got exactly the same problem...see my thread a bit down the page from yours. I'll be watching this one too in hope of a solution - the one you posted didn't work for me either.
     
  5. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    What are the hard drives formatted as, both the source and destination, e.g., FAT, HFS+, NTFS? What backup program are you using that gives the error? Is the backup drive internal or external? If external, what brand?
     
  6. davidnssbm thread starter macrumors regular

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    turns out my files were corrupt. Though they were video files which played perfectly in the space bar preview thingy in OSX, I tried to import in final cut then export as a raw uncompressed file (since that's what it was anyway) and final cut would freeze at the same % without fail! I deleted the file. It wasn't something I REALLY needed THAT bad, but I still like to have all the files I film for work, even if the project is done because ya never know. oh well
     

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