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Question: What does Error code -36 mean?

I'm trying to copy some movie clips from one external drive to another and I get the following message:


"The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “clip-2012-05-06 13;06;17.dv” can’t be read or written.

(Error code -36)"


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MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), 2.2 Ghz Intel Core i7

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Sep 16, 2012 10:35 PM in response to Jim Constant In response to Jim Constant

I-O error -36 « fuzzybrain|daisychain|blogdrain


This error has many causes not the least of which might involve copying files to or from MSDOS formatted disks. However, your error suggests a simple cause - you have a bad file.

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Sep 16, 2012 10:35 PM in response to Jim Constant In response to Jim Constant

I-O error -36 « fuzzybrain|daisychain|blogdrain


This error has many causes not the least of which might involve copying files to or from MSDOS formatted disks. However, your error suggests a simple cause - you have a bad file.

Sep 16, 2012 10:35 PM

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Sep 17, 2012 7:27 AM in response to sberman In response to sberman

Thankh you both.


My original post got cut off but I was saying that I'd searched for an answer but couldn't find anything about this specific error code.


I was successfully able to copy the very same folder containing this problem file to my internal HD. I experienced the message only when copy from one external to another external. The target external drive has two partitions; one is Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) while the other is Windows NTFS. I'm copying to the OS X partition so I'd be surprised if the other partition has anything to do with it.


Anyway, thanks again for the help.

Sep 17, 2012 7:27 AM

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