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I'm trying to copy a 12G movie clip from my hard drive to a an external Firewire drive (Lacie 180) and keep getting this error:

The Finder cannot complete the operation because some data in [filename] could not be read or written.  (Error Code -36)

Smaller files copy fine, but I've had the problem now with several files larger than a couple of gigs.  Is there a maximum file size?

Thanks.
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by:Yogi_Kudu
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I just tried it again and it got as far as 3.99 Gigs.  
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What version of the OS are you running? 10.2.1? 10.3.3?

Have you run Cocktail and DiskWarrior lately?
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10.3.3

I haven't run either.  It's a brand new machine.
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G4? G5? Portable? How about some specs on the machine?
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by:Yogi_Kudu
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It's a 15" G4:  1.25 GHz, 512 MB DDR SDRAM, and 80 Gig drive.  I've tried copying to two different firewire drives, and have tried several different 4+ Gig files.  

From the command line I've run 'ulimit -a' and I get this:

core file size        (blocks, -c) unlimited
data seg size         (kbytes, -d) unlimited
file size             (blocks, -f) unlimited
max locked memory     (kbytes, -l) unlimited
max memory size       (kbytes, -m) unlimited
open files                    (-n) 256
pipe size          (512 bytes, -p) 1
stack size            (kbytes, -s) 65536
cpu time             (seconds, -t) unlimited
max user processes            (-u) 100
virtual memory        (kbytes, -v) 9007199254806527
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Are the firewire drives using an oxford chipset?
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by:Yogi_Kudu
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Dunno.  How do I find that out?
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by:weed
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It may say so in your System Profiler utility.
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by:Yogi_Kudu
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Here's what System Profiler says about the disk:

LaCie DATA BANK drive LUN 0:

  Capacity:      37.25 GB
  Manufacturer:      LaCie Group SA
  Model:      LaCie DATA BANK drive LUN 0
  Removable Media:      No
  Detachable Drive:      Yes
  BSD Name:      disk3
  OS9 Drivers:      No
  Speed:      400 Mb/sec Speed
  Unit Spec Id:      24734
  Firmware Revision:      JC00
  Unit Software Version:      10483
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If i recall Lacie does use the Oxford 911 chipset.

Go back to running DiskWarrior and Cocktail. Could be something weird there that those two could fix up.
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by:Yogi_Kudu
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Okay, looking at the drive through Disk Utility revealed that it was formatted for MS-DOS.  Reformatting the drive as Mac OS Extended solved the problem.
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Ahhhh well yeah that would make a difference..heh
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by:Ascentium
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If the drive was formatted in FAT 32, the largest size a singe file can take is 3.99GB, check out the table on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table
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