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iTunes Library cannot be saved (Error -54)

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  • AnupamDham Calculating status...
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    Jul 21, 2013 2:47 AM (in response to Annalea)

    A thumbsup to Annalea for the solution. It worked perfectly for me!

  • DanJohn88 Calculating status...
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    Jul 22, 2013 6:10 AM (in response to Annalea)

    thanks Annalea. I'll just google it instead.

  • SorenWagner Calculating status...
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    Jul 25, 2013 1:39 PM (in response to Annalea)

    A sub-note to Annaleas solution ... I couldn't find Disk Utility in the Applications folder itself, but the Utilities folder within that. So my path was...

     

    Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility > Repair Permissions

     

    I guess that's because I have a later version OS? (10.8.4) But anyways, thanks Annalea!

  • Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 26, 2013 8:46 AM (in response to SorenWagner)

    Hi SorenWagner,

     

    You are actually more correct than you realize.  That IS where the Disk Utility application has always been "hiding."  Within the Utilities folder...which is located in the Applications folder.  Your post will surely help others who have struggled to find the Disk Utility application!

     

    Good job. :-)

     

    Mr. Luigi

  • Bruzerjunk Calculating status...
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    Aug 11, 2013 2:48 PM (in response to Annalea)

    This appeared to work for me as well.

  • Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 19, 2013 4:54 PM (in response to snkhan)

    Thought I'd share the following:

     

    I just bought and connected a Griffin iMic to my Mac Mini so I could listen to my headphones via USB rather than using the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the back of the Mac Mini.  For some reason this recreated the (Error -54) problem after having solved the problem using Annalea's suggestion.  I've been (Error-54) free for almost a year.  The error message occurred right after using the iMic so I assume it had to be the iMic.  Repeating Annelea's protocol below solved the problem once again.  Thanks Annelea!

     

    I've already solved the issue, through repairing disk permissions.  (Applications>Disk Utility>Repair Permissions)

  • elhudman Calculating status...
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    Sep 14, 2013 7:18 PM (in response to Annalea)

    Many thanks, Annalea, that fixed my problem!

  • Annalea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 14, 2013 8:23 PM (in response to snkhan)

    Wow.  I'm feeling kind of like a niche celebrity. lol  I'm so glad that this little thing has helped so many other iTunes users.  Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to post back that it worked for them, and have said thank you.  What a treat!

     

    Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

  • Teresa in Perth Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2013 9:46 PM (in response to Annalea)

    Yay Thanks Annalea - this seems to have done the trick for me too.

  • Junior_1 Calculating status...
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    Oct 10, 2013 5:33 AM (in response to Annalea)

    Ditto to what everyone says, thanks so much, Annalea, solved my problem too. Enjoy your niche celebrity status!

  • Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 6:22 PM (in response to snkhan)

    I saw this podcast and thought folks coming to this discussion may find it helpful.  You will notice that at one point in the video there is a screen that shows options for things that can be done to address problems with iPhoto.  The top option is "Repair permissions."  This targets the permissions associated with your iPhoto library.  I'm guessing that it may accomplish what our niche celebrity :-), Annalea, discovered.  It also gives additional steps that may solve other issues.

     

    The podcast wouldn't have attracted my attention had it not been for the power of Annalea's solution!

     

    http://macmost.com/taming-large-iphoto-libraries.html

  • Annalea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 7:54 PM (in response to Mr. Luigi)

    lol! Oh, this is getting out of hand. Heheheh.

     

    I must say, though, these accolades always seem to appear in my inbox when I most need a laugh.

     

    I'm so glad I could help.

  • russu Calculating status...
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    Oct 20, 2013 8:20 PM (in response to snkhan)

    So far, I've repaired permissions a number of times, with no luck in removing this error nor in getting iTunes to stop freezing up (beach ball spinning) after a short bit of usage.

     

    I'm running a Mac Mini that is really doing no other job than acting as a media server for my house (with a connected drobo), and all of this started happening with the most recent update.

     

    I've had severe issues making iTunes mostly unusable; I'd have to remote into my Mac Mini and kill and then restart iTunes if I wanted to watch anything stored locally. I haven't even been able to successfully sync movies to my iDevices, either.

     

    Today, I decided to do a fresh install of iTunes. So far, this seems to be working--functioning as iTunes the media server, and iTunes that syncs again.

     

    Painful to go through this; hope my pain helps someone else figure things out. Or helps others help me figure it out.

  • pvsus Calculating status...
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    Nov 4, 2013 5:59 PM (in response to Annalea)

    Annaleas solution worked great! Thanks!

     

    I've already solved the issue, through repairing disk permissions.  (Applications>Disk Utility>Repair Permissions)

  • stormstereo Calculating status...
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    Nov 10, 2013 6:45 AM (in response to snkhan)

    For what it's worth.

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/1082953

     

    I read in that thread about the same error. -54 is a software lock on a file. A disk utility permissions repair can fix it. However, for some individuals the problem persists. In the examples in that thread, it was one or several mp3-files that were locked. Their solution was to find those files and unlock them by marking them and choose "cmd+i" to "get info". At the bottom of the new info popup window, you see the permissions.

     

    That is a tedious task if you hace 19000 mp3's in your library. It can probably be automated in the Terminal but don't ask me how. Also, it could probably happen to any file - book - song - video - app. Even iTunes library files themselves I guess.


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