Error code-50?

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  1. Imola Ghost macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    I have been trying to copy my music folder and files to an external network drive and I keep getting this error code.

    I’ve searched the web for that error code and it seems like it’s similsr to the -36 error code and have followed similar instructions to fix it but I have not been successful.

    They are a bunch of Apple Lossless files I’m copying. I’ve tried one file and it still won’t work. I’ve tried some documents and others files and it will copy just fine.

  2. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    These errors are hardware related. Some options you might try:

    Boot from Recovery and run Disk First Aid in Disk Utility.
    Select a few files and see if they will copy. It's possible if you copy over in batches you can find the problem file.
    If the files are in a library, then try exporting and then copy the exported file over.
    Look back in Time Machine and find an earlier copy that might copy.

    What format is the external drive?
  3. Imola Ghost thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009

    I’ll give that a try.

    The hard drive that holds the music is a my 2015 iMac 27” retina internal drive. The hard drive I’m wanting to move them to is formatted to whatever WESTERN DIGITAL MYBOOL LIVE formats it to from the factory.
  4. NoBoMac macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2014
    This could be why. Drive probably formatted as FAT32 or exFAT. There might be something in your music folder(s) that cannot live on non-Mac format drive (ie. HFS, APFS). That said, a Apple Lossless file should copy over with no issue as it's just bits vs something like a sparse file/bundle.

    You might try to reformat the drive to FAT32 or exFAT and see if that corrects anything. Some people have run into odd situations where a new drive does not work on Mac and reformatting clears up whatever was "stuck".
  5. Imola Ghost, Mar 13, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2018

    Imola Ghost thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    I’ll reformat again. However I just did a format several weeks ago.

    The Apple Lossless filed were on that drive before I decided to wipe it clean and start fresh. But I’ll try formatting again.

    Just another note since you mention that there might be something in my music folder that cannot live on a non-mac format drive. I use this music folder for my iTunes Library. So I'm sure that Apple put some files inside thats keeping it from copying. I've tried just one single file and it didn't copy over.

    I some how need to figure out what files are residing within that folder so I can get rid of them. UGH!

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