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Can't copy Desktop folder from my Mac HD to another HD

Posted on 2013-06-19
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I took my HD out of my macbook and want to transfer (manually) my Desktop, Documents, Music and Video folders to my other Mac via USB.
they all worked except for my Desktop folder.  I get the following error:

the operation cannot be completed because you don't have permission to access some of the items

Do can I get past this??  I already changed the permission under 'Get Info' on that folder.

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Question by:Rizznut
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by:lruiz52
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You need to give rights to the subfolders inside the desktop folder. check the link below,

look at the second image, you must "Apply to enclosed items"

http://www.mactricksandtips.com/2008/03/automatically-set-subfolders.html
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strung earned 400 total points
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Just copy the contents of the desktop folder, not the folder itself.
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by:Robert Saylor
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you could do it in terminal using sudo and the cp command.

IE:

sudo cp -R * /home/username/newfolder
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by:Rizznut
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this was the easiest way for me and it worked perfectly.

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by:strung
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The reason you couldn't copy the desktop folder is that you can't have two desktop folders on the same drive.
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by:Rizznut
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I was able copy those file from my Macbook Pro to my iMac.  I have reinstalled Snow Leopard on the Macbook and now I'm trying copy the files that I put on my iMac back to the Macbook.  But I'm getting the permission errors.  Why can't I copy them back??  

Rsaylor - how do I use terminal to copy from mac to mac over my network?
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by:strung
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Sounds like the same problem. Copy only the files, not the whole folder. Make a new folder on the desktop of the iMac called, say, FromMBP, and copy all the files to that folder.
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