2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 7, 2013 10:44 PM by Bengt Wärleby
rick139 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I purchased a My Passport to clean out space on my hard drive. I formatted it to MS-DOS (FAT) as per a YouTube video I saw. Then I exported iPhoto to the Passport. No problem.

However when I tried to export iMovie projects and events (as shown in another YouTube video) my Passport didn't show up in the Projects window. So I went into User>movies and dragged iMovie Projects and iMovie Events to my Passport. That seemed to transfer alright. Then I dragged iMovie Projects and iMovie Events to the trash. But I didn't empty it. I then went back to iMovie to see if I could import a movie from my Passport but it doesn't seem to be able to click on any of the projects. I thought, "Uh-Oh", I better drag the  iMovie Projects and iMovie Events back to the Users>Movies from the trash, which I did. But when I open iMovie, none of those projects or events open up with it.

Can someone tell me what I need to do to put my projects and events onto the Passport and still be able to work with them afterwards in iMovie?

Thank you so much.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: iMovie Mishap
    Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,555 points)

    Have a look at this article:




    Note that the drive needs to formatted Mac OS Extended.



  • 2. Re: iMovie Mishap
    Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,160 points)



    Moving Event's and Project's

    Connection - Either connect one Mac in Target mode to the other via FireWire. Or use an external hard disk !

    (Target-Mode - Start one Mac e.g. laptop - BUT keep T-key down during full up-start - Now a FW-symbol is jumping around the screen and it will work as an external hard disk when connected to the other Mac)


    A. The External Hard Disk - MUST BE - Mac OS Extended (hfs) formatted to work for Video. UNIX/DOS/FAT32/Mac OS Exchange works for most other things but not for Video whatever program is used (iMovie or FinalCut)


    B. Should be a FireWire one as USB/USB2 performs badly to me and especially when filling up


    C. Do never Move or Alter any folder named

    • iMovie Event's - or -

    • iMovie Project's

    on DeskTop/Finder - as this will result in iMovie losing connections to them and repair can be anything from hard to impossibly


    D. Moving and Copying must be done within iMovie application and Events to Events - and - Project's to Project's.


    E. Moving Project's to Event's - Do not work for me - I have to export project as a QuickTime movie then Import this into Events.


    Event's window can show two faces

    Like this


    or like this


    from one hard disk Event - You can move it to the other hard disk

    You can not (at least not me) move Event to Project

    or other way around only


    Event to Event and Project to Project


    Yours Bengt W