This error message is very typical for copying files and folders from a MacOS filesystem to a drive formatted MS-DOS (FAT). Probably your new drive came formatted MS-DOS (FAT) - the default for most externaldrives. If this should be the the case, reformat the drive using Disk Utility, for an Aperture Library needs to be installed on a volume formatted MacOS X extended.
The Disk Utility application is in the "Utilities" subfolder of the "Applications" folder.
To format your drive, backup all data from the drive that you need to save, launch "Disk Utility", click the "Erase" tab, and select the drive in the sidebar of the Disk Utility window. Then set the "Format" pop-up menu to "MacOS X Extended Journaled" and click erase.
Well i actually did re-format it to Mac OS Extended, but not Journaled - because the apple hints said journaled was better for holding the operating system and non journaled was faster for storing files - but perhaps the difference is what is causing the problem?
the last time i tryed it again it got to 169GB transferred with 5 mins left before failing.... the agony! will try re-formatting to journaled and see if that solves it.
Error -36 is a general catch all read/write disk error. The problem could be with the new drive or else it could be on the drive you are copying from.
You should look in the console logs to see if anything is being logged there for this error. The entries are timed stamped so you should be able to narrow down the entries to about when the problem happened.
You should also do a disk repair on the source drive. If I understand your post that drive is the boot drive, correct? If so in order to repair that disk you will need to boot off of another disk, you cant repair the boot volume. The easiest way to do this is to boot off the install DVD that came with the system. Once you are running on the DVD you can use Disk Utility to repair the drive.
Post back with the results, good luck
Message was edited by: Frank Caggiano - BTW while changing the format to journeled is a good idea it is very unlikely to fix this problem.