How To Fix Mac Error Code 50 in OS X?

Despite, user-friendly features of OS X, users may sometimes don’t come up with an alert message that when and how any error code may execute or when something may go wrong. One such issue is -50 error which happens in Mac device. The error arises when attempting to copy, move, or delete files from external hard drives. If this is occurring and users are stuck with a file they cannot manage then, it recommended to Fix Mac Error Code 50 in OS X with top approaches.

Approaches to Troubleshoot Fix Mac Error Code 50 in OS X

Approach 1: Check for the Suitable Drive With the Disk Utility Feature

First, do ensure that the drive’s formatting is working fine with the help of “Disk Utility’ to run a verification process within the storage volume containing the file. Now, select the volume in the “Disk Utility’s sidebar”, and then navigate to the “First Aid” tab and further click the “Verify Disk” icon. Check for the error code now

Approach 2: Un-mount and Re-mount the Drive

It is usually a simple approach where users are requested to eject the drive followed by unplugging it carefully. Users are now requested to reboot the system and plug into drive again. When you see that it is mounting, try to manage the file on it.

Approach 3: Renaming of the File

This is one of the fastest solution where users need to rename the file. Assign a proper name as “myfile.txt” and confirm which file extension you wish to change or even remove it. Now, carefully delete the file by using the OS X Finder.

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Approach 4: Working with the “Terminal” Part to Manage Files

The Finder tool is used to move all files by using proper checks and restrictions that Terminal commands to do so. So, it is suggested to delete all files by using the Terminal.

  • To delete the file, first type the “rm -f ” which should be followed by a single space and drag the file to the Terminal window. Press the “Enter” button. If you see that the “Terminal is stating about the file cannot be deleted due to not having permission to do so, then run the command “sudo” followed by a space and two exclamation marks.  It will make you re-run prior command while prefixing it with “sudo” to run as an administrator icon. Enter the password when prompted to do so.
  • Type the “mv ” followed by a single space and try to fix all the problematic file from the Finder to the Terminal window directly which will be its path
  • The next thing will be to drag all destination folder to the Terminal window and press the ‘Enter’ icon to execute the command.


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