Problem pasting folder into hard drive.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Klest, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Klest macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I have a problem. And this is weird. I tried to copy a folder that has a movie file in it and paste it to my external hard drive. Normally,it works,but it didnt work this time. An error message appeared when i tried to paste the movie folder into my hard drive. The message said "The operation can't be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code 0).". I tried to paste other folders that contain music files and there were no problems. Please help? Thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    How big is the file? How is the external drive formatted?
     
  3. Klest thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The file is 4.69GB. The external drive is formatted to be used on mac only.
     
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Why copy and paste? Have you tried drag and drop?
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Right-click on the drive and Get Info. Then tell what format is used.
     
  6. Klest thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ya i mean i tried to drag and drop.

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    Ok the format is MS-DOS (FAT32). It works perfectly fine until i tried to drag and drop the movie folders recently. I even dragged and dropped my friend's movie folders of the same size to my hard drive and it was fine.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Your problem is because your file is 4.69GB and FAT32 has a limitation of 4GB for each file. Also, FAT32 is not a Mac-only format, as Windows can read FAT32, as well. If you want to use a drive only with the Mac, back up the drive, then reformat it to HFS+.

    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

    Choose the appropriate format:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.

    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
     
  8. Klest thread starter macrumors newbie

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    AH! I see i see! Thanks man! Much appreciated.
     

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