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    Copy failed
    Can anyone please help?
    I was in the process of copying files (in folders) to an external drive and the power was interrupted. Now the folder name exists (but is grey/gray) and says that there is 2.27Gb in the folder but i can't see the contents. How can i fix this?

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    can you overwrite the old folder by copying again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    can you overwrite the old folder by copying again?
    hi louishen, when i try doing this i get this message "The selected items can’t all be put into the same location, because at least one of them named “2001” is busy."

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    OPen up the terminal program and at the promote type
    sudo rm -rf
    then a space (dont hit return yet

    From the finder drag the greyed out folder into the terminal window so you get something like this

    sudo rm -rf /Volumes/Media/Greyedoutfolder
    hit return - that will delete the errant folder
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    I say delete everything (partial copy) that is on the external drive...then try doing the copy again.

    I also find if you are trying to copy a large amount of files...that doing it in smaller chunks is better. In other words...don't try copying 20,000 files all at once.

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    And even suggest erase the external, reformatting and trying again.
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    Thanks for your help. If i do this, are the files that were in the process of being copied (moved, as it was a drag and drop) contained in the grayed out folder. Have these files actually been moved or are they still in their original location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    OPen up the terminal program and at the promote type then a space (dont hit return yet

    From the finder drag the greyed out folder into the terminal window so you get something like this



    hit return - that will delete the errant folder
    Thanks for your help. If i do this, are the files that were in the process of being copied (moved, as it was a drag and drop) contained in the grayed out folder. Have these files actually been moved or are they still in their original location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    I say delete everything (partial copy) that is on the external drive...then try doing the copy again.

    I also find if you are trying to copy a large amount of files...that doing it in smaller chunks is better. In other words...don't try copying 20,000 files all at once.

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    Thank you...i shall definitely move smaller chunks in future thanks for your help

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    And even suggest erase the external, reformatting and trying again.
    not really an option to reformat the external, as almost 2T of data already stored there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jocka73 View Post
    Thanks for your help. If i do this, are the files that were in the process of being copied (moved, as it was a drag and drop) contained in the grayed out folder. Have these files actually been moved or are they still in their original location.
    If the original files were on an internal HD...and you wanted them stored on an external HD...then what you were doing was "copying" them from the internal to the external.

    When the "copy" process was interrupted (or completed eventually)...the original files on the internal HD would still be there (untouched)...and you would also have brand new copies of the files on the external HD.

    So to make a long story short...the files you were transferring to the external HD are untouched on your internal HD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    If the original files were on an internal HD...and you wanted them stored on an external HD...then what you were doing was "copying" them from the internal to the external.

    When the "copy" process was interrupted (or completed eventually)...the original files on the internal HD would still be there (untouched)...and you would also have brand new copies of the files on the external HD.

    So to make a long story short...the files you were transferring to the external HD are untouched on your internal HD.

    - Nick
    Thanks so much Nick, it makes perfect sense. My only issue is that i was moving one folder to another on an external drive...would the results be the same?

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