3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 25, 2013 1:49 PM by Eric Root
PJStyles Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Lately, whenever I try to delete some files from the finder window, I get the following error:


"The operation cannot be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -8072)."


Only way I can eventually delete these files is to relaunch Finder.  Once I've done that, the files can then be deleted.  All my software is up to date and I'm running the latest iMac computer.  It's also important to note that these files are located on a USB drive connected to the iMac.  Not sure that would be the result of this issue but thought it was relevant enough to mention it.


Any ideas/suggestions? I've googled and searched for this error code but with no luck.



iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (169,395 points)

    Please read this whole message before doing anything.

    This procedure is a diagnostic test. It’s unlikely to solve your problem. Don’t be disappointed when you find that nothing has changed after you complete it.

    The purpose of the test is to determine whether the problem is caused by third-party software that loads automatically at startup or login, or by a peripheral device.


    Disconnect all wired peripherals except those needed for the test, and remove all aftermarket expansion cards. Boot in safe mode and log in to the account with the problem.  Note: If FileVault is enabled, or if a firmware password is set, or if the boot volume is a software RAID, you can’t do this. Post for further instructions.
    Safe mode is much slower to boot and run than normal, and some things won’t work at all, including wireless networking on certain Macs. The next normal boot may also be somewhat slow.

    The login screen appears even if you usually log in automatically. You must know your login password in order to log in. If you’ve forgotten the password, you will need to reset it before you begin.


    Test while in safe mode. Same problem?


    After testing, reboot as usual (i.e., not in safe mode) and verify that you still have the problem. Post the results of the test.

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (13,210 points)

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  • Eric Root Level 8 Level 8 (36,820 points)

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