Error code 36 - help!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kayakbex, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. kayakbex macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2012
    My hard drive is getting full so I'm trying to move my movies/TV shows to my external hard drive. Some of them have worked (most are .avi, but one .mp4 and some .mkv files have gone on) but most of my files aren't transferring, or will start then the error code 36 will come up telling me "The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “[insert show/movie here]” can’t be read or written. (Error code -36)."

    What can I do to fix this, or do I just need to leave some of the files on my computer?

    Thank you in advance!
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    That error could be several things.

    You should run a disk utility on that external; the error could be bad sectors or other problems. Is it just one type of file that won't transfer? How is the external formatted? Are permissions OK?

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