File Copy issue - Robust copy?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by typecase, Nov 18, 2006.

  1. typecase macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2005
    Hello all,

    I am having a problem. I'd like to copy a folder to an external firewire drive. The folder is large (40GB) with lots of files. Halfway through copying, though OS X gives me an error saying there was a problem copying one file and it aborts entire process. I've had similar problems before if there is an isolated problem with one file. Is there some way I can force the copy, skipping a file that has an error? Is there some program out there with a more robust copy soloution? Perhaps it's as simple as UNIX command with the right switch. Any help greatly appreciated.
  2. jhu macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    in a terminal try

    cp -r <folder> <destination> ​

    where <folder> is the folder you want copied and <destination> is destination drive's mount point, which is usually found in the '/Volumes' directory
  3. BrewsterMccloud macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2005
    I've encountered this annoying problem when the folder contains certain files that were created in OS9 or Windows. I am not sure what it is about these files that the OSX Finder does not like. Workaround: zip the folder (control-click then choose option "Make archive of") then copy the folder to new destination, then unzip. Time-consuming but it works.

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