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Fail to Copy Files from Mac to Mac, What to Do?

I have a Macbook Pro and an iMac, both on Sierra, and although I can access/browse files/folders on my Macbook Pro from my iMac, when I try to copy files not only does it ask me for my username/password yet again (same login details on both machines) but when I enter the correct password it still prohibits me with the following error message: Items can't be copied to “...” because you don't have permission to read them. So I've repaired permissions on the Macbook, I've even tried to set Read/Write access to my entire hard drive for the user 'peanutismint' which is the same username/password on both my machines, but no luck. Is there anything I can do?

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iBoysoft author Ciki Liu

Ciki Liu

Answered on Thursday, January 12, 2023


Generally speaking, when you can't copy a file or folder from one Mac to another, changing file permissions should solve the issue. However, since it's not working in your case, you might have to copy files from your MacBook to your iMac via a shared folder even when you are using the same network. Here's how to create and transfer files with a shared folder on Mac.

Step 1. Enable File Sharing on your MacBook.

  1. Click and open the Apple Menu from the top-left corner of your screen, then choose System Preferences from the drop-down options.
  2. Find and select Sharing in the System Preferences panel.
  3. Select the left column in the Sharing dialog window. Under the Service section, tick the box next to File Sharing.

Step 2. Create a shared folder on Mac.

  1. First, you have to create a new folder on a Mac. You can right-click on your Mac desktop and choose New Folder. Additionally, you can launch Finder and select New Folder under File from the top-left menu bar.
  2. Launch Finder and right-click on the newly created folder. Select Get Info.
  3. Under the General option, tick the box next to the Shared folder.
  4. Edit file-sharing permissions to this folder. Here, you should make sure this folder is read-write allowed.

Step 3. Save the files you want to transfer into the shared folder and access it from another Mac.

  1. Go to Finder and select Go from the menu list.
  2. Choose Connect to Server.
  3. Type the server address of the shared folder, which can be found in System Preferences > Sharing > File Sharing, in the format of smb:/address.
  4. Connect by clicking, and you will be able to view the shared folder and perform read-write operations. 


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