Lightroom: I cannot move a collection of photos (JPEG and NEF) from an external hard drive

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The error that is showing says:

"Some import operations were not performed.

Could not copy a file to the requested location:"

Then lists all the files, which are basically all the photos that I'm trying to move into Lightroom.
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Anne Guzman

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Steve Sprengel, Champion

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Check the destination you have designated in the Import panel and make sure it is where you intend. If so, then check the permissions of both the source and destination to make sure your user has read and write access to both locations.
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Thanks Steve. I'm certain both source and destinations have read and write access, because both are my devices. I'm particularly sure about the destination as it's the same destination (my Macbook) that I copy my files to straight from my D700.

How else do you suggest I troubleshoot? I really don't understand the issue. I thought initially it was a file support problem but since it's doing it for both JPEG and NEF files, I think there has to be another reason.

Thanks so much.
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Check both the source and destination permissions rather than assuming.

Usually when the destination is the problem the message says "Files cannot be read". The error you're relaying is different so maybe it's the source?

Can you try copying manually using Finder or Explorer?
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You mean, copy the files from the external HD to my Macbook using Finder, then importing it from that folder into Lightroom? I haven't tried that.

I'm also wondering how I can check permissions on my source/HD.:p

Let me get back to you. Thanks for being so helpful and patient!