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Error code 36 when copying iphoto'9 library to External HD.

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Jan 23, 2013 1:19 PM

Hi There,


I need to free up space in my McBook, so I want to move the iphoto'9 library to a external HD (Lacie 1TB) that I have already formatted accordingly.

When I move the library (from photo folder) to the EHD, it starts the copying process and a few minutes later, it gives me the following error message:

" The finder can't complete the operation because some data in photo library can't be read or written. (error code 36)"

I have never opened the photo library folder, cause I know you're not supposed to mess with it.

Any ideas of what might be happening? I tryed the process 3 times, getting always the same result.


I'd appreciate any feedback on this issue.





MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)

    First repair your library as follows: Try the following:


    1 - launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.



    2 - Since only one option can be run at a time start with #1 followed by #4.


    3 - try copying to the EHD again.


    If that fails rebuild the library with iPhoto Library Manager and have the rebuilt library created on the EHD directly.


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


      1. Download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
      2. Click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.
      3. Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option
      4. In the next  window name the new library and select the location on the EHD where you want it to be placed.
      5. Click on the Create button.


    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments. However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)

    Take it to the Apple store and see if they can resolve the -36 error code in the library.


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