Finder error message when copying many files

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Wie Gehts, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. Wie Gehts macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2007

    I was copying a huge amount of small midi files (over 64,000, but probably only around 400mb) from one external drive to another. Towards the end copying stopped because I got a finder error on one of the files.
    I know this stuff would happen sometimes when copying large amounts of data on my pre OSX systems.

    Generally when that happened, I would copy smaller chunks. This also worked for me in this case and was able to eventually copy everything without error.

    So my question is this: Why would I get an error in the first place? Is there usually a potential for errors when copying large amounts of data at once?
    And is this normal behaviour?

    Thanks in advance! :)
  2. hiddenpremise macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2008
    Somewhere between my imagination and reality
    I deal with transferring vast number of files on macs all the time at work and haven't encountered problems like this unless a corrupt file was involved. Were you trying to move each file over by doing like a select all or were they enclosed in a folder?

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