1. Are these network accounts hosted on an OD server? If you don't know what that means, the answer is no. If the answer is yes, make sure the clients are bound as the directory admin on the OD master.
2. Have you restarted your router? If not, try that.
3. Are any other services besides File Sharing active? If so, disable them and test.
4. Is the built-in firewall active? If so, disable it.
5. Delete and recreate the sharepoints in the Sharing preference pane on both machines.
6. Rebuild the Spotlight index on both machines.
In the past.. I had to use a Flash stick to transfer something from one computer to another computer, until the problem got straightened out. I was in the middle of trying to getting something finished and completed in a hurry. If the file isn't too large or you have a large enough flash stick..this is a short term Quick Fix...
Thanks for the suggestions.
No I apparently don't have an OD server (whatever that is).
I diligently went through the remaining 5 suggestions and regret to say that none of them solved the issue.
I have known for quite some time that the wireless network connection between MBP and IMAC often drops out, and I have to turn Airport Off and On again every time to re-establish the connection, but otherwise nothing to comment.
Right, I am sure that this is the case, and in the new year we will be going over to Fibre network.
However, up until I installed a new hard disk on 18th October and then reinstalled Lion both on the 18th October and then again 23rd October, I had no problems copying to and from between MBP and IMAC. So I can't see that the router and my unstable network connection can be causing the copying problem.
Perhaps I have to live with this fault........
I only reinstalled the OS X 10.7.5 on the iMAC, since that had the hard drive that had died on me. I did a clean install from the DVD that I burnt after downloading Lion from Apple, and prior to installing it for the first time, in August 2011. I also made a USB copy of Lion too, at the same time.
On the 18/10/13 I did a clean install of Lion, from the DVD, onto my new hard drive. Then, yesterday, I reinstalled Lion again from the same DVD to see if that would help resolve this issue. All files were then transferred to the iMAC from the MBP using a Firewire connection. Everything else functions properly on both machines.
Though the Account name is different on both machines the User Home Folder has the same name on both machines, can that cause a conflict?
As I said, prior to replacing the hard drive on the iMAC there was no issue between MBP and IMAC, but then the User Home Folder had different names on each machine.
Since my iMAC is from sept 2007 it should be compatible with the new Mavericks OS. Would installing that solve the problem or do you have any other suggestions?
I was having the same problem.
In short, I could copy FROM another remote Mac to the one I was sitting at.
But I could not copy TO that same, other remote Mac from the one I was sitting at.
I'd get the rapidly populating 0 byte file problem on the remote Mac until I killed the Finder.
FWIW, I too had the same short user name on both Macs, having migrated. But the UIDs were different. In retrospect, this is at least annoying, because when you mount the remote user folder on your local mac it has the same name as your own local user folder. Not sure if this generates the problem, but it makes it easy to misplace things and seems not ideal practice. But changing the short user name is a bit of a hassle.
In any case, my problem went away with a simple restart of the router I was using (AEBS). I hasn't returned. I had noticed I was unable to log out of the remote Mac as well; I'd hit the button in Network in the Finder but it would almost immediately sign back in, or at least remain signed in.