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Transferring FCP Scratch Files To New Internal HD?

341 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2012 1:50 PM by Michael Grenadier RSS
marti153 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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Nov 6, 2012 1:19 PM

I just purchased a bigger internal hard drive for my MacPro Dual-Core, 2.66 GHz using FCP 7.  I am wondering what is the best method to transfer my FCP scratch files to the new hard drive while still maintaining those vital connections between unused clips and FCP.  I have a number of different clips from different projects which will eventually be used when time allows and don't care to go through trying to re-connect with FCP. I am swapping the new HD out with one of my four drives that is rather small for needed Capture Scratch storage.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Mac OS X (10.7.5), MacPro Dual-Core, 2.66 GHz
  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)

    the trick is name the new drive with the exact same name as the drive to be replaced and precisely replicate the old folder structure, so the file path renames identical.  FCP will then automatically seen the clips without any need to reconnect.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)

    Look at your present scratch disk from the finder.  For example.  mymedia:  Capture Scratch:  MyFavoriteProject:


    So If there's nothing else in the capture scratch folder, I'd just rename the new drive "mymedia" and drag the Capture Scratch folder to the new drive.  The new drive would then look exactly the same. 


    Think about what we're doing here.  FCP looks for your file in a certain place.  The way it determines that place is the file path which is just the names and structure of the containing folders.  It's not rocket science, it's not that complicated.


    You can also use media manager to accomplilsh this, my ways easier and usually faster.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)

    Where is the fcp documents folder?  Is it at the root level of the drive (the highest level)?  If so, just drag the fcp documents folder to the new drive and rename the new drive to match the old drive name.  If it's not at the highest level, you'll have to recreate the old folder structure.  btw, probably not a good idea to have two drives with exactly the same name on the same computer.  so after copying files from the old drive, if you're leaving it connected, rename it.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)

    don't worry about the points.  As my father used to say, that and a nickel will get you on the subway (shows how old he was). 


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