6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 29, 2013 3:42 AM by PauloVasconcelos
artlover08 Level 1 (0 points)

My Finder on my iMac keeps freezing when I try to move a folder or file, or when I try to empty the trash can. I have tried to Force Quit Finder, but when I do it does not start back up and I have to manually turn the computer off with the power button. How do I fix this problem?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2), iPhoto 11
  • macjack Level 9 (51,622 points)

    Try the quick and easy first...


    Go to Finder "Go" menu hold the option key and choose Library. Then go to Preferences folder and trash these files:




    Then, restart, or log out and in again.

    (You will have to reset a few finder prefs the way you like them.)

  • artlover08 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can empty the trash now, but Finder still freezes when I try to copy files or folders into another location.

  • macjack Level 9 (51,622 points)

    Try starting up in Safe Mode  (It will take more time to startup because it runs a directory check.)


    If Finder functions correctly that way, go to System Preferences >> Accounts >> Login Items and remove them.


    The log out and back in or restart.

  • hoo Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks MacJack, this solved my problem with new Mountain Lion upgrade. I was having major issues, but this cleared it right up. -


    Actually, I spoke a bit too soon. It worked for a little bit but I'm back to having issues. Trying to copy 100 small JPGs from a folder to a flash drive, for example, leads it to get stuck in "Preparing to copy" mode, and never actually copies.


    Any advice?


    Thank you...

  • Strangedaze Level 1 (0 points)

    I migrated my user from a Snow Leopard system to a brand new Lion system and I have had this problem as well. I followed the "Safe Mode" tip, no joy. Then I restarted from the Restore Drive, and launched Disk Utility. It found problems. So I repaired permissions, verified the drive, then restarted.

    I've now been using Lion for the better part of 5 hours straight without finder or file access problems.


    It would seem that Lion doesn't like certain things when making the upgrade from Snow Leopard. Hope this helps.

  • PauloVasconcelos Level 1 (0 points)