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Inaccessible drives in iMovie?

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Feb 23, 2012 10:07 AM

I'm trying to use another drive to save iMovie '09 projects but the drives have a small yellow exclamation point and are inaccessible (see below) - one of the drives is a USB drive and the other is a networked drive. Any ideas how I can work around/fix this? Long story short is that students need to save iMovie projects on drives other the main HD...

 

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  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Feb 23, 2012 11:22 AM (in response to WCC-luther)

    How are the drives formatted?

     

    You can use Disk Utility to find out.

     

    To work properly with iMovie, drives need to be formated Mac OS X Extended.

     

    Matt

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Feb 24, 2012 7:39 AM (in response to WCC-luther)

    Hi

     

    Can it be so that You moved any folders named

    • iMovie Events - or -

    • iMovie Projects

    on DeskTop/Finder to this new formatted ext. HD ?

     

    Does it show up in Events resp. Project window in iMovie and empty or it (the external HD) doesn't show up at all ?

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Feb 24, 2012 8:07 AM (in response to WCC-luther)

    Are you saying I should try to move those folder to the new formatted ext. HD? Would iMovie then be able to see/use the drive in question?

     

    NO !

     

    Most problems starts when iMovie project resp events folders are altered or moved on DeskTop/Finder.

     

    All moving's of Events and Project to external hard disks - Should be done within iMovie Application - Else connections breaks and a Yellow exclamation mark appears.

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Feb 24, 2012 8:17 AM (in response to WCC-luther)

    Is it the USB or Net-Work drive that is Students resp Teachers ?

     

    I would try a FireWire one as USB/USB2 performs badly to me and NetWork-HD never worked for iMovie as I know of - most often connected on a PC-Server and FAT32 formatted and any way - way to slow for movie.

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Feb 24, 2012 8:45 AM (in response to WCC-luther)

    NetWorkHD = Net Work Drive

     

    If it is NOT Mac OS Extended formatted - It will NEVER work for VIDEO - everything else BUT Not for Video !

     

    • nor iMovie 1 to HD6

    • nor iMovie'08 to 11

    • and neither - FinalCut any version - at all

     

    FireWire is another type of connection - My external hard disks are in majority this kind and works Greatly.

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Feb 24, 2012 10:31 AM (in response to WCC-luther)

    Most probably a PC-server on the Net and if so - formatting as Mac OS Extended will not ever be. Will not work. So storing the student's project on a Net Work Drive rarely works (only on Mac-server Net and on Mac OS (hfs) formatted disks).

     

    So You'll have to get another solution - as You try to get working for You (ext. USB HD) and why this don't work is over my head - can be a security action taken by Net Work Admin. I don't know - just guessing.

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • mqudsi Calculating status...
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    Jan 7, 2013 4:34 PM (in response to Bengt Wärleby)

    This thread is full of incomplete information. Using a non-HFS drive (NAS or otherwise), is as easy as running the following:

     

    defaults write -app iMovie allowNV -bool true

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