Error code -36

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jon.storme, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. jon.storme macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2011
    I've searched for this error many times. I know it's been posted before but everything is over three years old that I've found or doesn't have my solution.

    When I try moving files from my Macbook Pro to my 2TB Hitachi hard drive, I keep getting the error "Finder cannot complete this operation because some data in "*file name*" can't be read or written. Error code -36)." It then auto-ejects the hard drive.

    I can't even move a 364.9mb .avi file or a folder of 13 songs so it's not the size limit that's the problem. I installed Macfuse NTFS-3g on my mac and my hard drive is formatted in NTFS. I used to have no problems moving stuff between the hard drive, my mac, and my desktop pc, but I haven't been able to move anything from the mac and hard drive for the past 5 months. I can move files between my drive and pc perfectly fine.

    I've tried the "dot_clean" command in terminal and dragged the entire volume as the path. I've cleaned the source path too. Does anyone have a solution? I'd like to refrain from reformatting my hard drive, but I will if that's the only solution.
  2. Madd the Sane macrumors 6502a

    Madd the Sane

    Nov 8, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Are you trying to copy over linked stuff? Because NTFS-3G might not like it.
  3. jon.storme thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2011
    What do you mean by linked stuff? I'm literally just dragging and dropping files from my mac to my hard drive.
  4. jon.storme thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2011
    Does no one really have any idea on what my problem is and how to solve it?
    I'm using a 2009 Macbook Pro, a 2TB Hitachi external hard drive, and a Windows 7 PC
  5. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2010
    Canadian Eh!
    I got this error so much, when I was on SL.. Although it only occurred when I tried moving files that were 4GB or more. I think it also has to do with you trying to move it to an external drive.

    I ended up doing most of my mass transfers on windows sorry to say..
  6. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    It's OS related and it's annoying. I think it has to do with NTFS-3G, assuming the file system is NTFS. If I try to transfer the same file in Windows, it copies with no problems.

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