Background: Just got a new HD in my MacBook Pro / MBP and MacPro are both on 10.6.4.
Am getting weird problems copying from my MBP to MacPro, connected via ethernet, have always worked fine before.
The drives on the MacPro mount ok on MBP in Connect to Server - then when I drag or copy a new file that is not on the destination across, I get
"A newer item named “filename” already exists in this location. Do you want to replace it with the older one you’re moving?"
As the file has been copied but is zero kb, I say yes, then I get:
The operation can’t be completed because an item with the name “” already exists.
And the file is there but still zero kb.
I need regularly to copy video files from SxS cards that mount on the MBP only - any help appreciated.
I am trying to upgrade Chrome 8 Beta to the latest Chrome Stable and when I drag the new Chrome to Applications I get this error "The operation can't be completed because you don't have permission to access some of the items."
Permissions are fine, running 10.6.5 Snow Leopard. This has happened once before and I forget how I got around it.
I am seeing the exact same issue as described by happysailor, with the exception of my systems being on 10.6.5. I'm trying to copy files from my MBP to my Mini using Finder, and am getting that exact same behavior and error message.
As a temporary work-around I copy files to my Dropbox folder, which is available on both machines.
... On a whim I just tried something that worked. On the destination machine I created a new user account with standard (non-admin) permissions. Copying files when connected as this newly created user worked. Switching back to the other account and trying the same thing still fails.
Very strange. I suspect this is a permission or keychain issue of some sort, but I can't tell where.
Let's get back into this one...
I have two Terabyte external hard drives. Both of them are FAT formatted, so I can swap between here and a Windows machine.
When I copy a folder from one hard drive to another eventually I get the following error message and it stops copying.
"The operation can't be completed because an item with the name "XXXX" already exists.
It doesn't happen right away, just at a random point. It's as if the copy/read functions stops for a split second, starts copying and notices something with the same name and give me the error. There is obviously some sort of read/write confusion. I guess can MAC format this.
This is a problem that has happened before, over years. I don't think it has to do with a version of the OS (I have the latest).
Has anyone gotten any further on this problem?
thanks - Otto.
Had the same problem today.
Copying from imac to usb-stick gives this error but only for a certain folder, no problems with copying other folders to the stick.
Copying from usb to imac gives no problem.
I called the apple care helpdesk, they said there should be some corrupt files in the folder I wanted to copy to my usb-stick. I started copying the subfolders one by one to find out in which folder those corrupted files should be.
Turns out it has to do something with the names of certain files. I solved it by changing some file names in which there was a "~". When I replaced the "~" with a "-", it was possible to copy the folder.
So it seems like the FAT 32 system in combination with the finder can't properly read the ~ in file names.
Hope this helps for you as well!
Seeing the exact same problem copying a huge directory to my ReadyNas.
The source director is from an HFS+ and has never had Windows near it so all should be Mac acceptible file names. The destination is the directory structure on the ReadyNas Pro file system which I think is a Linux ext4 fs. Sometimes the copy works, then I see random failures with the same "file exists" message.
I note that prior to this problem occuring, my network is grinding to a terrible 10kbps transfer rate and m source disk I/O is humungous. Killing finder and restarting fixes the problem until after a while it may randomly crap out with the same problem.
I have installed ForkLift 2 and this works perfectly. Brilliant tool.
I was receiving the message "The operation cannot be completed because an item with the name [ ] already exists"
My solution has been to search the source folders for any filenames with odd characters, especially ~ I then rename those files to remove the odd character and I'm able to copy the folders without getting the error.
Doesn't help in my case because it is not possible to create any files. There seems to be different problems, some with working solutions, in this thread.
This one is related to the problem of creating new files to SMB-shares regardless of filename or extented attributes.
The file is created with read-only attributes (-r--r--r--) and then comes the question "A newer item named “filename” already exists in this location. Do you want to replace it with the older one you’re moving?" with pop up for admin password to confirm changes and finally a message "The operation can’t be completed because an item with the name “” already exists."
If trying to move/copy files from the terminal the message is simply 'Permission Denied' even the target directory has full access (drwxrwxrwx). The same if trying to create a file (eg. using vi).
Deleting, modifying existing file or moving inside the SMB-share works fine. Every other OS works fine and 3rd party file managers inside Mac work fine but makes life quite hard because applications (eg. iTunes) cannot create files to SMB.
So the folks that have the similar problem, have you found a working solution or created a bug-report?
I have Lion and use a QNAP NAS also ext4, I was getting the "file exists" error message for months while copying files from the QNAP back to my Mac. I found the cause was upper/lowercase filenames. Somehow I had a file "file.txt" and also "FILE.txt" in the same folder on the NAS which is legal on a ext4 file system because it is case sensitive and they are considered different files. When I tried to copy to the Mac I got the error, because the Mac was ignoring the case and getting confused,
The problem was compunded by the fact that the finder only showed one file. When i changed its name the second file suddenly appeared.
So if you are having problems, please try changing the file name, and see what happens, this is only valid if copying from NAS to Mac.
Hope that helps, somebody,