252 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2007 6:28 PM by Kappy
I just tried rebuilding permissions by running disc utility from the install disc. It fixed a few things, but made no difference.
One more thing - if I "get info" in my Mac HD and go to change ownership & permissions (even not changing anything) then click on "apply to enclosed items" I get a finder error message that says: "the finder cannot complete the operation because some data in Macintosh HD could not be read or written - error code -36"...
Maybe I'm dealing with a corrupt OS here?
Thanks for responding. My external drive is partioned into two halves, both formatted for Mac. I've been using it for years without problem.
Now THIS is strange... I just tried copying a folder full of stuff from my desktop onto the 2nd partition of the external... and it worked! -- but the SAME folder won't copy to the 1st partition, even though both partitions have the exact same permissions set, and disc utility reads no errors... now I'm REALLY stumped...
Repairing permissions is a waste of time because whatever your problem is changing permissions won't do a thing. What you want to try is repairing the drive (each volume) using Disk Utility. You may need to do the same for your startup volume (which will require booting from your OS X Installer Disc.)
It's quite possible that although the hard drive is OK you may have corrupted files on the drive. DU does not detect nor repair bad files.
You might use the Console app (Utilities folder) and inspect the console, system, and crash logs to see if any information in the logs give insight to the specific cause of the problem.
If you have a utility such as TinkerTool System you can also try cleaning out cache, log, and temporary files in case there's a corrupted file involved.
If you know the specific file generating the error, then try transferring it singly.