Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2012 8:50 AM (in response to stevethehalibut)
You have a general I/O error on the drive which suggests either the hardware is faulty or the formatting of it is corrupted. This is likely what is preventing the file from being accessed. In this case you can try using the Terminal to copy or move the file (avoiding the Finder) but if that does not work then you will likely have to use drive utility software to check and repair the formatting.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2012 8:56 AM (in response to stevethehalibut)
Error -36 reported when copying files to external drive - http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=8467699
Error -36 and filename characteristics - http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=9629287 - FAT drives may not like all Mac filenames
AD topic on Error -36 trouble shooting - http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8586572
Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2012 9:27 AM (in response to Topher Kessler)
Many thanks for the advice.
Never used terminal before - what do I do?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2012 11:18 AM (in response to stevethehalibut)
Open Applications > Utilities and start Terminal.app
put a space after "cp"
Show the file you want to copy in a Finder window and drag that file to the open window in Terminal. It should place the full path and filename after the space, and it will put a space after that.
Now open a Finder window showing the folder to which you wish to copy the file. Drag the folder to the Terminal window. You should end up with something like
hit return and hopefully it will copy.G4 Quicksilver 2x1GHz 250/120GB HDs, Mac OS X (10.4.11), OS9.2.2, iTunes7.5, QT7.4&QTP2.5.1