Operation can't be completed because an item of same name already exists - Mavericks

I am trying to copy a large file folder (of a large iTunes library of music files) from a WD Live NAS drive to a new AirPlay Time Capsule via Finder on my Retina MBP. Every time I try it, I get the same error "operation can't be completed because an item of the same name already exists."
I have tried a number of the following solutions:
1. I cleared my cache out as in this thread:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2231287?start=120&tstart=0
2. I tried using the Terminal app, as in this thread:
https://discussions.apple.com/message/21786245#21786245
3. I tried closing both Finder windows once I started the copy operation, as in this thread:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2231287?start=105&tstart=0
4. I tried deleting/renaming all files that contained a ~ as in a thread I can't find right now.
All of these things are not working. I was able to copy several other large file folders (mostly of videos) without a hitch. I can't figure it out. Can anyone assist?
Many thanks...

subcrapper wrote:
"have you tried using Disk Utility to erase 1TB HHD and reformat before trying to copy the data back?"
Yes, I had to format the 1TB to FAT before I use it.
whoa there. why did you format the drive FAT? that's an obsolete windows drive format and OS X is known to have various issues with it. this may easily account for your problems. strongly suggest you reformat the drive mac os extended.
"have you tried using the restore option within Disk Utility to copy the data back instead of doing it manually?"
There's nothing on the 1TB to restore because I sent it in for warranty exchange. So its brand new, nothing in it.
he was suggesting that you use the restore tab in disk utility to copy the 640GB drive to the new 1TB one. that's what I suggested too but I mentioned using superduper or CCCloner.
but you really should reformat the drive first. the only reason to use FAT is if you want to use the drive from both mac and windows. but then you'll likely have to live with the quirks of FAT and OS X.

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