Computer Help forum

General discussion

Cannot copy file <x>: parameter is incorrect

by Kees Bakker / June 2, 2007 7:42 PM PDT

XP SP2, MSI motherboard, rather new machine.

I tried to drag and drop folders with mp3-files to my wifes new Cowon U3 mp3-player (both with Windows Explorer and with the Jetshell program from Cowon). Using the same backside-USB as I use for a removable hard disk (for backup) and a Sandisk USB-stick without any problems.
This however, was utterly unreliable, and unworkable: some files flashed by in a second, most took a minute and occasionally I got the above error. No obvious relation with file contents, as the same file could be transferred in a second or third attempt.

Googled the error, and found some hits, but not help at all. Either they only mentioned the problem without any solution at all (just 'help, I'm getting crazy' or they were
- not applicable (copying a file > 2Gb or > 4 Gb to a FAT32-partition)
- CD-specific issues (like a too long filename or CD not closed)
- not helping (check the drive for bad sectors, I did a chkdsk /r)
- plain nonsense (retype the command)
- about a SD-card
- incomprehensible to me:
- anecdotic ("t didn't work in the shop either, but then he tried in on a demo computer and that was OK")

Before giving up (or getting crazy) I decided to try the front-side USB. And to my surprise that worked flawlessly, transferring whole folders without any error and any delay.

I'll leave it here, I think. Don't want to try things like:
- return the player
- reset the BIOS
- update the BIOS
- update motherboard drivers
- reinstall XP
- replace the motherboard
when there is a perfect work-around: just using another USB-connection.

But I would appreciate if someone could tell me what the cause could be. It's not a really satisfactory solution for me at the moment.


Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Cannot copy file <x>: parameter is incorrect
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Cannot copy file <x>: parameter is incorrect
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Quick reply, no real idea but,
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 2, 2007 7:52 PM PDT

If it works on one USB port and not another, does that not suggest the USB port is falling over?

Is there interference near the port that affects the lead of one device, eg the MP3 player, but not another, (the external hard disk). I say this because I was surprised the other day when my cable connection between my PC and the modem, (a long cable about 4 meters long), suddenly stopped and the network icon in the Sys try kept re-trying to connect. I found that it was the mains lead to our vacuum, plugged into the mains, was resting next to the cable. As soon as I moved it, the connection re-established.

But then, possibly I'm talking a load of nonsense, Happy

Good luck with your quest.


Collapse -
Ahh, USB clock jitter.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 2, 2007 10:55 PM PDT

You'll see that now and then. The fix is as you found out and to add or remove an USB HUB on that port.

It's a hardware issue and will drive many insane.


Collapse -
Quick guess before I leave for HersheyPark
by PudgyOne / June 2, 2007 10:57 PM PDT

would be

go to

make sure you have the drivers for the usb port.

Other guess would be that my XP SP2 is NTFS

my hidden Partition is FAT 32

Got to go, I'm going to be HersheyPark Happy.


Collapse -
(NT) I've Fixed It By Replacing The Bad USB Port..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 3, 2007 9:03 AM PDT
Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions

Smart Home Help

Light bulbs you shouldn't buy

There are plenty of dimmable LED light bulbs, but make sure you don't buy the ones that flicker when you dial them down.