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Question: Error code - 36 on Mac while copying files on to SD card

I am using MacOs Sierra version 10.12.6 When copy my files from desktop to SD card, always face with error code - 36 in Finder. I have Eject many time and mount to to check if problem resolved but no success. Than I tired dot_clean even though no success with this. I do not want to reformat my SD card with Mac OS extended because I want to use this SD card for windows supported devices. Can you please advice any solution of this problem?.

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), macOS Sierra (10.12.6)

Posted on Dec 23, 2017 1:45 AM


Dec 23, 2017 3:55 AM in response to rmstech In response to rmstech

That SD Card needs to be either FAT32 or exFAT formatted for operating system interchangeability. The -36 error code is an I/O error often associated with failing, or corrupted drives.

Launch Disk Utility and perform First Aid, first on the SD card, and then on your Boot drive. See if that clears up the I/O errors. If not, use a new SD card to determine if the older card is damaged and unusable.

Dec 23, 2017 3:55 AM

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Dec 24, 2017 6:29 AM in response to rmstech In response to rmstech

Attempt to copy to the SDXC card from the iMac after a normal reboot after safe boot mode. Launch the Console application. It should be looking at All Messages. Search for "bummers" and this will list all of your I/O errors, with most recent at the bottom of those found. Click on the associated triangle to open more detail on the associated device generating the error condition.

Dec 24, 2017 6:29 AM

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Dec 25, 2017 7:59 AM in response to rmstech In response to rmstech

Try running this program in your normal user account on the iMac, then copy and paste the output in a reply. The program was created by etresoft, a frequent contributor. Please use copy and paste as screen shots can be hard to read. On the screen with Options, please open Options and check the bottom 2 boxes before running. Click “Share Report” button in the toolbar, select “Copy Report” and then paste into a reply. This will show what is running on your computer. No personal information is shown.

Etrecheck – System Information

Dec 25, 2017 7:59 AM

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Dec 25, 2017 8:28 AM in response to Eric Root In response to Eric Root

EtreCheck version: 3.4.6 (460)

Report generated 2017-12-25 21:26:17

Download EtreCheck from https://etrecheck.com

Runtime: 2:12

Performance: Excellent

Click the [Lookup] links for more information from Apple Support Communities.

Click the [Details] links for more information about that line.

Click the [Clean up] link to delete unused files.

Problem: Other problem

Hardware Information:

iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2017)

[Technical Specifications] - [User Guide] - [Warranty & Service]

iMac - model: iMac18,2

1 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5 (i5-7500) CPU: 4-core

8 GB RAM Upgradeable - [Instructions]


4 GB DDR4 2400 MHz ok


4 GB DDR4 2400 MHz ok

Handoff/Airdrop2: supported

Wireless: en1: Unknown

iCloud Quota: 3.75 GB available

Video Information:

Radeon Pro 560 - VRAM: 4096 MB

iMac 4096 x 2304

Disk Information:

APPLE HDD HTS541010A9E632 disk0: (1 TB) (Rotational)

[Show SMART report]

EFI (disk0s1 - MS-DOS FAT32) <not mounted> [EFI]: 210 MB

(disk0s2) <not mounted> [CoreStorage Container]: 999.35 GB

Recovery HD (disk0s3 - HFS+) <not mounted> [Recovery]: 650 MB

APPLE SSD SM0032L disk1: (28 GB) (Solid State - TRIM: Yes)

(disk1s1) <not mounted> [EFI]: 315 MB

(disk1s2) <not mounted> [CoreStorage Container]: 27.55 GB

(disk1s3) <not mounted> [Boot]: 134 MB

USB Information:



Western Digital My Passport 0748

My Passport 0748 disk3: (500.07 GB)

Mac-Backup (disk3s1 - Journaled HFS+) /Volumes/Mac-Backup : 300.13 GB (114.17 GB free)

MAC-NORM (disk3s2 - MS-DOS FAT32) /Volumes/MAC-NORM : 199.94 GB (54.87 GB free)

Broadcom Corp. Bluetooth USB Host Controller

Apple Inc. FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in)

Thunderbolt Information:

Apple Inc. thunderbolt_bus

Virtual disks:

Macintosh HD (disk2 - Journaled HFS+) / [Startup]: 1.03 TB (696.75 GB free)

Physical disk: disk1s2 27.55 GB Online

Physical disk: disk0s2 999.35 GB Online

[redacted]SD (disk4s1 - ExFAT) /Volumes/AsifSD : 62.50 GB (62.43 GB free)

Physical disk: Built In SDXC Reader 62.50 GB (62.43 GB free)

System Software:

macOS Sierra 10.12.6 (16G1114) - Time since boot: less than an hour


Mac App Store and identified developers

Clean up:



Executable not found!



Executable not found!


/usr/bin/open /private/var/folders/yt/vdklnfqd0y10gbk1p1042vr00000gn/T/AppTranslocation/A39C2 FC5-C065-4653-9BD8-4A82C7D9F2B1/d/Red Giant Link.app --args --silent

Executable not found!

3 orphan files found. [Clean up]

Kernel Extensions:


[not loaded] zoom.us.ZoomAudioDevice (1.1 - SDK 10.8) [Lookup]

Startup Items:

TuxeraNTFSUnmountHelper: Path: /Library/StartupItems/TuxeraNTFSUnmountHelper

Startup items no longer function in OS X Yosemite or later

System Launch Agents:

[not loaded] 6 Apple tasks

[loaded] 180 Apple tasks

[running] 99 Apple tasks

System Launch Daemons:

[not loaded] 41 Apple tasks

[loaded] 178 Apple tasks

[running] 98 Apple tasks

Launch Agents:

[not loaded] com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist (Adobe Systems, Inc. - installed 2017-11-19) [Lookup]

[failed] com.adobe.ARMDCHelper.cc24aef4a1b90ed56a725c38014c95072f92651fb65e1bf9c8e43c37a2 3d420d.plist (Adobe Systems, Inc. - installed 2017-08-29) [Lookup]

[running] com.adobe.AdobeCreativeCloud.plist (Adobe Systems, Inc. - installed 2017-09-25) [Lookup]

[loaded] com.microsoft.update.agent.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2017-12-17) [Lookup]

Launch Daemons:

[loaded] com.adobe.ARMDC.Communicator.plist (Adobe Systems, Inc. - installed 2017-08-29) [Lookup]

[loaded] com.adobe.ARMDC.SMJobBlessHelper.plist (Adobe Systems, Inc. - installed 2017-08-29) [Lookup]

[loaded] com.adobe.acc.installer.plist (Adobe Systems, Inc. - installed 2017-12-04) [Lookup]

[running] com.adobe.agsservice.plist (Adobe Systems, Inc. - installed 2017-09-29) [Lookup]

[loaded] com.microsoft.autoupdate.helper.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2017-12-17) [Lookup]

[loaded] com.microsoft.office.licensingV2.helper.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2015-08-15) [Lookup]

[loaded] com.redgiant.deployservice.plist (? 5426ff14 0 - installed 2017-12-05) [Lookup] - /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/com.redgiant.deployservice: Executable not found!

[running] me.hide.osxhelper.plist (EVENTURE LTD. - installed 2017-09-24) [Lookup]

User Launch Agents:

[loaded] com.google.keystone.agent.plist (Google, Inc. - installed 2017-09-28) [Lookup]

[failed] com.lecythidaceous.plist (? e86ee892 0 - installed 2017-11-17) [Lookup] - ~/Library/lecythidaceous/lecythidaceous: Executable not found!

[loaded] com.redgiantsoftware.updater.plist (? f9293694 0 - installed 2017-12-05) [Lookup] - /private/var/folders/yt/vdklnfqd0y10gbk1p1042vr00000gn/T/AppTranslocation/A39C2 FC5-C065-4653-9BD8-4A82C7D9F2B1/d/Red Giant Link.app: Executable not found!

User Login Items:

iTunesHelper Application (Apple, Inc. - installed 2017-12-08)


Internet Plug-ins:

AdobePDFViewerNPAPI: 17.012.20098 (installed 2017-11-29) [Lookup]

AdobePDFViewer: 18.009.20050 (installed 2017-11-29) [Lookup]

QuickTime Plugin: 7.7.3 (installed 2017-12-08)

AdobeAAMDetect: (installed 2017-09-25) [Lookup]

3rd Party Preference Panes:

FUSE (installed 2017-09-21) [Lookup]

Tuxera NTFS (installed 2017-12-21) [Lookup]

Time Machine:

Skip System Files: NO

Mobile backups: OFF

Auto backup: YES

Volumes being backed up:

Macintosh HD: Disk size: 1.03 TB Disk used: 329.23 GB


Mac-Backup [Local]

Total size: 300.13 GB

Total number of backups: 48

Oldest backup: 31/08/2017, 2:09 AM

Last backup: 25/12/2017, 8:33 PM

Size of backup disk: Too small

Backup size 300.13 GB < (Disk used 329.23 GB X 3)

Top Processes by CPU:

5% mdworker

4% mds

4% mdworker

2% WindowServer

1% trustd

Top Processes by Memory:

909 MB com.apple.WebKit.WebContent

907 MB kernel_task

241 MB com.apple.WebKit.WebContent

183 MB Dock

166 MB Safari

Top Processes by Network Use:

Input Output Process name

51 KB 1 MB com.apple.WebKit.Networking

138 KB 6 KB mDNSResponder

10 KB 10 KB apsd

5 KB 2 KB assistantd

624 B 2 KB ntpd

Top Processes by Energy Use:

4.56 WindowServer

0.72 Adobe CEF Helper

0.52 Creative Cloud

0.26 Adobe CEF Helper

Virtual Memory Information:

3.71 GB Available RAM

1.08 GB Free RAM

4.29 GB Used RAM

2.64 GB Cached files

0 B Swap Used

Software installs (last 30 days):

Adobe Acrobat DC (18.009.20050): (installed 2017-11-29)

Paint 2: 5.6.5 (installed 2017-11-29)

Evernote: 6.13.1 (installed 2017-12-02)

Antivirus Zap - Virus & Adware: 3.0.0 (installed 2017-12-05)

Antivirus Zap - Virus & Adware: 3.0.1 (installed 2017-12-08)

FUSE for macOS: (installed 2017-12-09)

iZip Unarchiver: 3.0.0 (installed 2017-12-09)

Quran Majeed: 3.2 (installed 2017-12-09)

Microsoft AutoUpdate: (installed 2017-12-13)

Microsoft Excel for Mac: (installed 2017-12-13)

Microsoft Word for Mac: (installed 2017-12-13)

Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac: (installed 2017-12-13)

Microsoft Outlook for Mac: (installed 2017-12-13)

Antivirus Zap - Virus & Adware: 3.0.2 (installed 2017-12-16)

Microsoft AutoUpdate: (installed 2017-12-17)

Tuxera NTFS 2016.1: (installed 2017-12-21)

SD Card Formatter 5.0.0: (installed 2017-12-21)

Install information may not be complete.

Diagnostics Events (last 3 days for minor events):

2017-12-24 16:50:02 com.apple.WebKit.WebContent High CPU use [Open] [Details]

Dec 25, 2017 8:28 AM

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Dec 25, 2017 6:30 PM in response to rmstech In response to rmstech

Clean up:



Executable not found!



Executable not found!


/usr/bin/open /private/var/folders/yt/vdklnfqd0y10gbk1p1042vr00000gn/T/AppTranslocation/A39C2 FC5-C065-4653-9BD8-4A82C7D9F2B1/d/Red Giant Link.app --args --silent

Executable not found!

3 orphan files found. [Clean up]

Run the report again and click [Clean up].

I don't see any software that should be causing problems. I would uninstall Antivirus Zap using the Developer's uninstall instructions.

Dec 25, 2017 6:30 PM

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Question: Error code - 36 on Mac while copying files on to SD card