The finder can’t complete the operation error

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Hello All,

Hope someone can help me with this error message.

I have recently upgraded my MAC machine to Snow Leopard 10.6.

I have one of my Windows 2003 servers from where I get all my files.

There is a shared folder, from which I get my files.

But after the upgrade, I am not able to access any of my shared folders from my MAC machine.

It keeps coming up with an error message


The Finder can’t complete the operation because some Data in “082 lenx.dmg* can’t be read or written (Error code – 36)

I can see my folders and files on Windows machine but cannot access it.

Please help.

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The finder can’t complete the operation error


Hi George,

I did some research about this problem and this is the one that I did.

It turns out the botheration stems from the “dot-underscore” accompaniment files that Mac OS X’s HFS+ filesystem creates for files aback they get confused to FAT16 or FAT32 volumes.

These hidden files – which alpha with “._” followed by the aboriginal filename – accommodate added advice to go forward with the capital file’s data. Apparently things get aberrant in 10.6.2 and don’t go able-bodied aback folders from a Windows-compatible aggregate get confused to a Mac and a fresh aback again. The alarming “Error cipher -36″ bulletin is the result.

If you run into this angrily annoying bug, there is a acting band-aid until Apple gets their act together. It involves stripping the capital book of its added dot-underscore buddy. Don’t worry, you won’t lose annihilation important in the process. Here’s what you can do:

Launch Terminal (Applications > Utilities) and blazon the afterward command, authoritative abiding to accommodate a amplitude at the end:


Select the binder on your Mac that is giving you agitation and annoyance it appropriate to the Terminal window. A blooming cursor with a + attribute should arise afore you absolution the mouse.

The aisle to that binder should accept automatically appeared at the end of the Terminal command. For example, it ability attending like:

dot_clean /Users/UserName/Desktop/Test_Folder

Press Enter/Return to run the command. It will arise as if annihilation happened, but try artful that binder to a MS-DOS aggregate now. Finder should magically acquiesce it to be confused with no problem!

Repeat the absolute action as bare for added folders that won’t copy.

As you can see, this is not necessarily a above book or deejay bribery issue. It is a annoying Snow Leopard bug that Apple will hopefully fix in the accessible 10.6.3 update. In the meantime, this will acquiesce users to archetype and move files amid drives as needed.

UPDATE – 4/4/10: Apple’s 10.6.3 amend has absolutely assuredly anchored this bug! If you installed the amend and are still experiencing a Finder error, it’s acceptable you are adversity from a altered affair that is above the branch of this article. This would help.


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