Copy or Move files to SD card fails, not reverse

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Attempts to copy or move files (music, in this case) from internal memory to my SD card opens the 'Copying...' frame, but nothing gets copied.  Attempts to copy or move files from my SD card to internal memory work as expected.  Is there a setting I'm overlooking that allow files to move from internal storage to the SD card?  SD Card is fine otherwise.
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Allan, Mobile Master

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Try plugging your phone into a computer and transferring them that way. Also if you're using something like spotify you can set it in the app to auto save to your sd card.
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You might also find info on a page dedicated to your phone model.
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Allan,Copying and moving also do not work when the phone is connected to the PC.  In that case, the PC copying files dialog appears, but the progress bar never moves.  I do have files already stored on the SD Card, and these I cannot delete; I can simply copy them into internal memory.
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Are the music files DRM-protected? 

To check and assuming you're using a Windows-based computer, connect your phone to your computer via usb. Locate and open the folder containing your music files. Select one music file and right-click on it. Scroll down to and select Properties, then select the Details tab. Under the heading Content - locate a field labeled Protected - if the music file is DRM protected you will see a Yes. If it's not protected, you will see a No.

Essentially, DRM protection imposes technological restrictions that control what users can do with digital media. For example, a song can be listened to, but not copied or shared. This may explain why you're having difficulty moving music to the SD card.
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In Android 6.0, file permissions changed on SD cards. Files an folders associated with a particular app essentially became write protected from any other source. Sometimes you will be asked to confirm permissions if you want to copy, other times you may be will sent into a useless loop or willbe missing the required dialog entirely.

There is probably nothing wrong with your SD card, if it is recent. The only "convenient" way to move your Music library to SD may be to hook up the card to a computer and taking it out of the Android environment.
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Thank you, Bob.  This tactic of removing the SD card from the phone, and plugging it into a laptop/PC worked for my purposes, i.e., moving media files from internal memory to the external storage of the SD card.  Cheers!
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UPDATE on the Android file locking problem. There is a more elegant solution to transfer files to an external SD card without physically removing it from the phone:

Handshake app on Android interfaces with Handshake software on Mac or Windows via wifi or usb cable.

Instructions & info: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/move-files-mac-android-without-android-file-transfer/