2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 21, 2010 12:18 AM by Bengt Wärleby
Kara9a Level 1 (0 points)
I exported a movie from a laptop (call it "Laptop A") that uses iMovie '09 and tried to transfer/copy it to another laptop (Laptop B). But the message below keeps appearing:

The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “Friday Concert.m4v” can’t be read or written.
(Error code -36)

I even tried to re-export the movie from Laptop A and transfer it again to Laptop B ... but still the same message. Then I made some changes to the movie, re-exported it, transferred it ... still the same message. What seems to be the problem? And what in the world is "Error code -36"?

MacBook Pro 15-inch, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Berny822 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same problem transferin files from external hard drives and also internal hard drives
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)

    I exported a movie

    How ?

    One must/can only move iMovie Events and/or Projects - WITHIN IMOVIE !

    Do not alter or move anything in
    • iMovie Project folder - or -
    • iMovie Events folder

    IMovie get's confused - and damage might well be un-repairable !

    How was the target hard disk formatted ?
    Mac OS Extended - only option that works !

    How much space was there on the target hard disk ?
    1 hour SD-video needs about 13Gb
    HD about 5 times more

    I would
    • Connect second laptop (Mac) via FireWire
    • Start this second one - Keeping T-key down (target mode)
    • Now in iMovie Project resp Events window it will show up as an external hard disk
    Drag-and-drop Events and/or projects over.

    Yours Bengt W