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iMovie says I do not have enough disk space or permission

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Sep 6, 2013 3:59 AM

I continue to periodically get an error that says "Cannot create project.  Please check the disk to ensure that there is enough free space and you have permission to write projects."

I have almost 250 GB of free space and I have full admin on my Mac Book Pro.  iMovie and my OS are all up to date on updates.  I have repaired permissions (more than once) and I have restarted iMovie.  Not sure what's going on.


I'm trying to think of what I have not tried....

Is there a way for me to see where I am creating my project?  My concern is that it might be looking for a currently disconnected external drive, except that I have had this same error when that drive is connected (and I am pretty sure I never pointed anything to that drive anyway).


Any help here is appreciated.



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,450 points)

    could be lots of things ...


    • do you use external hard-drives?
    • do you use usb-sticks to transfer media into actual iMovie Projects/Events?
    • do you use 'disk images'?
    • do you use 'NAS' drives?
    • do you use TimeCapsule for any iMovie related media?
    • did you change anything in iMovies folder structure on your drive? (e.g. putting iM-Events/-Projects into sub-folders)?

    hard to tell nor narrow down from remote …

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,450 points)

    it's not solved at all!


    My assumption is just:

    iMovie permanently read/writes data; not only when you import from cam or you quit iMovie. There are lots of background tasks happening, … that's why BY CONCEPT, all media should be on your internal drive! This guarantees a 100% accessability.


    Another example: iM, by concept, can handle only hfs/'Mac' formatted drives; very few network drives are formatted that way… (more fat/Windows, or NTFS, which Mac reads, but can not write!)


    So, in a 'networked' surrounding, it could happen, you access some music, or a photo or a video from 'some' drive, iM tries to update some meta-data - and fails.



    I have imported movies into events from the network,…


    I dare to say, this is the culprit. …


    In case, all your media is now local, you could try the 'trash prefs'-routine, in hope, iMovie 'forgets' any external connections:


    follow advice given in this user tip:

    >>click>>                  How do I trash the iMovie Preferences File? and Why?


    fingers crossed, this helped

  • angus cooney, angus cooney Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Try renaming the movie.


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