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What to Do with Error Code 50 when Moving Files from External HDD to New Mac?

I am still trying to move from my Windows desktop files to my new M1 Mac Air. It is a 2 TB external HDD formatted as NTFS. I bought a new larger external HDD with a USB that I want to use for external storage with my new laptop. I can see the video files on the old HDD but when I try to move them from the old drive to the new one I get an error code 50. I've used the Disk Utility to check the drive and it is fine. Another piece of advice is to rename the file, but this is a huge folder with hundreds of files and I have no idea what file is causing this. When I try to start the move I get the error immediately, nothing is transferred. How to fix?

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iBoysoft author Sherry Song

Sherry Song

Answered on Monday, April 29, 2024

Hello, after knowing your case that you have tried many fixes, here you can follow:

Firstly, you have to know that Mac can only read the NTFS drive but can't write. That's why you can't move the files from the drive to another new external hard drive on Mac.

(1)Try to move the files from the NTFS drive to your new USB drive on your Windows.

(2) Use a reliable tool NTFS driver for Mac like iBoysoft NTFS for Mac. It enables you to move, edit, and change the data on your NFTS drive on Mac. And it's so seamless that you can use it both on your Mac and Windows.

(3) Restart your Mac.

(4) Perform a power cycle on MacBook. Remove the storage devices and shut down your Mac, then disconnect the power and reconnect it for 1-2 minutes. Last, restart and connect the external drive.

(5) Reset NVRAM.

(6) Modify the wrong file database.

If these fixes can't help you, maybe you have to format the NTFS drive to FAT32 or exFAT. These two file systems can help you use the drive both on Mac and PC, but this fix will lose data, so do a backup before this.

Hope you succeed in transferring the data to Mac in the end.

Also read: How to Troubleshoot Mac Error Code 50?


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