Stuck Copying...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ventro, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. ventro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2006
    I am transfering a very large file from a network share over to my computer.

    Half way through, the person owning the network share shut his computer down. OSX gave me an error: "Finder cannot complete the operation because some data could not be read or written". Fine, so let me cancel the Copy and try again. Problem is, the little "X" button in the copy dialog doesn't do anything when I press it. My friend who owns the network share turned his computer back on but the Copy won't resume, it just sits there stuck halfway. When I try to shut my computer down to cancel the copy, it says "Cannot shut down because Finder is in the middle of a Copy operation".

    What do I do?
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Try either turning off your AirPort or pulling your ethernet cable out, lack of any network connectivity should bring an end to it.

    You could also relaunch Finder (Finder > Force Quit).
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Force Quit Finder.

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  4. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Command + Option + Escape = Force quit

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  5. mac2ubuntu macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2009
    Why doesn't OS X allow cancelling of copies?

    Ventro is right -- this is a fundamental bug of the Mac OS X -- a frequent inability to stop copies in progress, or copies that have gone bad owing to corrupt files, bad media, interrupted networks.

    And force-quitting the Finder? Most of the time that doesn't work at all, for this or the myriad other Finder snafus.

    The Finder is ancient and creaky. [ Why for instance, in column-view, can't you stop what can be the interminable amount of time it takes for a video to preview? ]

    Why isn't the computer press on Apple for this problem, going on for years? Why isn't the Finder exposed for the unstable shoddiness that it is? This is basic OS functionality. It's a travesty this problem goes on and on!

    (OK, I hear 10.6 has a reinvented finder... I look forward to trying it.)
  6. ddwit macrumors member


    Dec 4, 2010
    The Netherlands

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