I need to move a 16 GB folder to my external drive, but moving it manually gives me an in use error. I have tried to start in safe mode and moved it but it was still in use.

I have run these commands

diskutil repairdisk /dev/disk0s2
diskutil repairdisk /dev/disk2

Where disk0 is my disk and disk2 is the one I want to move it to.

I have no permission errors and I have even run sudo mv -f it gives me these:

mv: symlink: ../../../../../Preferences/com.apple.systemsound.plist: File exists`

I have also gotten the same error but without symlink

For 200 files and the last error is this

mv: /bin/cp: terminated with 1 (non-zero) status

What can I do? I have also ran sudo chmod 777 for both folders and used the "include for all files option (OS X).

By request here is the exact command:

sudo mv -f ~/desktop/collections/jadd /Volumes/External\ 4 
  • Are any of the files over 4gb? What file system is the destination disk? – rob Aug 11 '14 at 13:26
  • Its a "Mac OS Extended (journaled)" and the biggest file is 1,58 GB – DisplayName Aug 11 '14 at 13:30
  • Please edit your question and show us the exact command you used and the exact error received. – terdon Aug 11 '14 at 13:31
  • But the error is over 200 lines? – DisplayName Aug 11 '14 at 13:32
  • Is /Volumes/External\ 4 empty or does it have files (possibly duplicates of what you're trying to move) in it already? – Mark Plotnick Aug 11 '14 at 13:46

Can't you do it from Finder? Also please make sure the external drive is really OSX Extended Journal. It appears it is either NTFS or FAT32.

  • I already said i did it via Finder, and i have never had a windows computer or anything else so there is no reason to have a NTFS or FAT32 disk. – DisplayName Aug 11 '14 at 14:03
  • Read your post again and point me where you mentioned about Finder. And remove your down vote if you have not mentioned indeed. – antimatter Aug 11 '14 at 14:11
  • I didnt mention "Finder" but here, In the beginning, "but moving it MANUALLY gives me an in use error. I have tried to start in safe mode and moved it but it was still in use. ". Which means via the Finder and not command-line. – DisplayName Aug 11 '14 at 14:16

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