How To Fix Error 43 Mac: Easy Methods You Can Do

How To Fix Error 43 Mac: Easy Methods You Can Do – If you have been using a Macbook or an iMac desktop with either OS X 10.2 or X El Capitan installed, then you might have encountered error 43 on your system. This error rarely occurs and research shows that error 43 only appears on machines with the previous operating systems mentioned running on them.

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The complete message that error 43 says:

The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found (error code -43)

For this article, we shall look at the causes which may trigger error 43 and, more importantly, the solution to get rid of this error permanently.

Possible Causes Of Error 43 on Mac

Moving files around on your Mac systems running El Capitan and OS X 10.2 usually results in error 43. The error occurs when you try to move files to the trash can or to a different directory/folder.

Another reason which may cause error 43 is that the user selected an “illegal character” to name a file. These “illegal characters” include : @, !, #, %, ^, $, and #. These characters should not be used in naming files. If by accident you typed in one of the illegal characters and tried to move that file to the trash can or another directory, you will surely get error 43.

Error 43 also pops up when the “Finder” cannot access the file you are trying to move. If you are downloading a file but it is not yet completed, moving the file results to this error. Similarly, if a file you want to move is used by another process or program, you will also get error 43. Also, files that need “administrator permission” can cause this error when you attempt to move them.

These are only some of the common causes of error 43 on the Mac. Now that we have an idea of the causes of error 43, we can proceed to fixing these to eliminating the error.

How To Fix Error 43 Mac: Easy Methods You Can Do

Moving files on your Mac cannot be avoided thus you will eventually encounter error 43 when using El Capitan or OS X 10.2. To solve this problem, you can follow the proposed solutions below to completely eliminate error 43.

Solution 1 – Parameter Random Access Memory (PRAM) Reset

Your Mac’s PRAM is the “core” which holds important information to make your system work smoothly. If you experience errors (like error 43) or other hiccups when using your Mac, a safe way to solve these nuisances is by doing a PRAM reset. Just follow the steps below to reset your Mac’s PRAM.

Step 1. Turn off your Mac

Step 2. Locate the “Command“, “Option“, “P” and “R” keys and be prepared to press them simultaneously.

Step 3. Turn on your Mac and press the keys mentioned above before the grey startup screen appears.

Step 4. Press the keys until you hear the startup sound (2 or 3 times) then you can release the keys.

Here is a video of how simple it is to reset your PRAM.

Another way of fixing error 43 is by deleting locked files. Follow the steps below to do this.

Solution 2 – Delete Locked Files

Step 1. On your device, go to “Applications“>”Utilities“>”Terminal“.

Step 2. Start the “Terminal” app and key in “chflags -R nouchg” (without quotation marks).

Step 3. Find the “Trash” icon on the Dock and double click on it.

Step 4. Select all files in the ‘Trash” by simultaneously pressing “Command” and “A“.

Step 5. Once all the files are selected, drag them from “Trash” to the “Terminal“.

Step 6. After dragging the files, press the “Return” key on the Terminal to empty the Trash.

Watch the video below for an alternate command using the terminal.

Fixing error 43 on Mac can be easily done if you follow the solutions outlined above. Please share this post if you found it useful and tell us want you think by leaving a comment below.

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