I am getting this error much too often. I am copying a big number of files from a slow device (external hard drive) to my Mac. When the copy is completed, the last top folder is still marked as "incomplete".

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I only managed to clear the mark by creating an empty folder with a different name (say "Folder2"), moving the contents of the folder (say "Folder") there, erasing the (now empty) folder "Folder" and renaming "Folder2". That all looks weird to me. Any suggestions?

Update: External drive is formatted in FAT32.

  • Is the external HD formatted with HFS (Mac OS X) or FAT32 (Windows)? – IconDaemon Dec 12 '14 at 23:03
  • Looks like the copy is complete, but the icon just hasn't updated properly. Did you try ejecting the drive and then reconnecting? That should force the icon to change. – amanthethy Dec 13 '14 at 0:14
  • @amanthethy Ejecting external drive does not make any difference, the drive is ejecting successfully, and the copying is not continuing after reconnection. – Alexei Danchenkov Dec 13 '14 at 4:44

Try clicking 'Get Info' and see if it works for you. I know its stupid but it should work.

  • Great tip! Just needed that today! – lhf Jul 13 '17 at 18:59

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