why does OSX Finder Copy suck?

August 5th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

Okay, this post is a total rant.  I am fed up and frustrated trying to back up data on my PowerMac G5.  The fundamental question has been raised in the post’s title, namely:

Why does the copy functionality of the Finder suck so badly?!?!

I find that instead of letting the Finder do its job, and flawlessly copy gigabytes of data to my brand-spanking-new, gigantic 2TB backup hard drive, I have to sit and babysit progress-bars, coaxing the Finder into copying ALL my data (and not flaking out on one particular file).  And when it chokes, saying “file such-and-such cannot be read or written”, invariably, when I go in and find the file manually, and drag that ONE offending file to the proper place on the external hard drive, it works!  Other times, Finder doesn’t error out, but rather the progress bar stops in its tracks, and spins uselessly until I “Force Quit” finder (or in some cases, hard-reboot my machine).

Granted, I am still on Mac OSX 10.4.11, and I have heard that in Snow Leopard (10.6) they have a new, revamped Finder that supposedly is much better at copying files.  But still – copying files reliably is a basic operating system function!  Shouldn’t Apple have gotten it right much SOONER than version 10.6 of their operating system?  Shouldn’t this have been a higher priority than glitzy UI polish?

Ok, rant over.  Resume your regularly-scheduled programming.

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5 Responses to “why does OSX Finder Copy suck?”

  1. Yes, even in 10.6.4, the latest, file copy still sucks even worse than Windows…

    Either use SyncTwoFolders, or terminal commands.

    Good luck!

    --Justin, on August 5th, 2010 at 1:39 am
  2. Yeah, I’ve even had problems with terminal commands freezing up….

    I’m thinking I may need to exchange the external drive I just bought. It keeps freezing finder.

    I will look into SyncTwoFolders, thanks for the tip!

    --Kawika Heftel, on August 7th, 2010 at 7:45 am
  3. carbon copy cloner, bombich software

    --andrevanstom, on June 18th, 2011 at 11:20 am
  4. Yeah, I love carbon copy cloner. It handles my backup needs on my Mac now.

    --Kawika Heftel, on June 19th, 2011 at 1:48 am
  5. Copy still sucks in Snow Leopard 10.6.8. I begin regretting switching from Windows…

    --Laban, on November 23rd, 2011 at 8:11 am

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