Lightroom: Could not copy a file to the destination folder because it is not writable. (1) ( IMG_6089.cr2 file )

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Jack Reid

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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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You have a file/folder permissions problem for the destination folder, or there's no space left on the destination drive. Unfortunately you didn't mention which operating system you use, so we can't give you any clues how to fix it, sorry.
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I have seen this too on a couple of occasions and all my permissions are correct / 300Gb free. Hard to pin down to specifics but not a unique issue IMO.

Running MacOS 10.12.2 and LR Build 1099473

However, one thought: Jack - you are connected to your original images aren't you? ie you are not using editing using smart previews, with the dng files 'offline'?
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Windows 10 --- 2 terabytes
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I had the same problem. Though the error might be caused by running out of space, permissions or the like, in my case it was caused by a mistyped file name. Not a very good diagnostic -- it sent me on a wild goose chase. Misleading error message.
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As I mentioned, I have seen this when all has been present and correct. However Roger's comment about misleading error messages also strikes a chord: Lightroom mobile is set to store images in an external disk. If this is not connected, I also get this message. Misleading.