I'm trying to install NOOBS on a formatted SD card using a Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.6. I can't copy the files over from my downloaded zip of NOOBS, however. I'm following these steps.

Here's the output of diskutil list (non-important parts omitted):

/dev/disk2 (internal, physical):
#:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
0:     FDisk_partition_scheme                        *16.0 GB    disk2
1:             Windows_FAT_32 RECOVERY                16.0 GB    disk2s1

I'm just selecting all the files inside the unzipped NOOBS folder, copying them, and pasting them inside RECOVERY:

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Pasted in here:

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I get this error:

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What am I doing wrong?

  • It looks like you may have a bad download. did you check the md5sum of the download? Oct 30, 2016 at 23:33
  • I did not, but I downloaded it directly from the Raspberry Pi org site. I'm currently downloading the latest version of NOOBS to see if that works
    – Nick
    Oct 30, 2016 at 23:36
  • Hm this is odd, now the download won't even unzip. It gives this error when I try to unzip it: Unable to expand "NOOBS_v2_0_0.zip" into "Downloads". (Error 2 - No such file or directory)
    – Nick
    Oct 30, 2016 at 23:53
  • Is the disk full? Does the downloads directory exist Oct 31, 2016 at 0:37
  • Yep the directory exists and I have 13 Gi free
    – Nick
    Oct 31, 2016 at 0:43

1 Answer 1


Error code -36 is a problem with the hidden files (dotfiles). To fix this, open up terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app). Now, in the sidebar of finder, the USB name is RECOVERY, so if it is different, replace RECOVERY with the name of the drive in the side bar. Type in the following and hit enter:

dot_clean /Volumes/RECOVERY

Try to copy the files to the USB again, if it doesn't work, make a copy of the NOOBS folder (it may corrupt it, but it may fix it also), run the previous command again, then run:

dot_clean /Path/To/Copy/Of/Noobs/

(Unrelated, whats with the ? symbol in the upper middle-left of finder.Thats not normal and normally a ? symbol indicates a missing app source in MacOS.)

  • Thanks I will try this. I have no idea what the ? is. That's the first time I've noticed it.
    – Nick
    Nov 1, 2016 at 20:34

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