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Problem copying Aperture library

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mark2542 Calculating status...
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May 22, 2013 5:48 PM

I am trying to copy my Aperture libraries to a new drobo HD. Most of the libraries copied over with no problems, but two of them result in the following dalog box


"The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “2013 Personal Aperature Library” can’t be read or written.

(Error code -36)"


What does this mean and how do I overcome this issue and copy these last two libraries on to my drobo?





Aperture 3, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    May 22, 2013 9:12 PM (in response to mark2542)


    I am trying to copy my Aperture libraries to a new drobo HD.

    Where are these libraries now? And how are the drives in question formatted? Are the drives in question formatted MacOS X extended? If not, you may have aproblem wih incompatible filenames.



  • Gerald Gifford Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    May 22, 2013 10:09 PM (in response to mark2542)

    Some thoughts...


    Do these 2 libraries open correctly in Aperture?

    If so, have you thought of doing any (or all) of the maintenance procedures offered when you click Aperture in the Dock while holding down the "Option" and "Command" keys?

    THEN, try again to copy them to your Drobo.


    I have no proof any of this will help, just thought was worth mentioning.



  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    May 23, 2013 3:31 AM (in response to mark2542)

    Basically Error -36 is an I/O error, but many situations can cause it:

    • It is symptomatic of bad media. If you see this error while copying from one hard disk to another, then you may have bad media and it can indicate bad blocks or a failing drive. When I encounter this error, my first action is to update my backups asap!
    • It may be a permissions problem - you may not have permissions to access some items in the Aperture library. This can easily be fixed by using the Library First Aid Tools, repair permissions, etc. This can be caused by sharing the library between users or accessing the files from outside Aperture.
    • It may be a case of unreadable filenames for some image versions or originals in your library - filenames that are too long or contain special characters. This can happen, when you are syncing your library with web services that create filenames from captions, like Facebook, copy between disks with the wrong formatting, or access your library in other ways from outside Aperture.




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