new maxtor external hd can't copy imovie files

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  1. ispeakmango macrumors member

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    i just bought a 120gb maxtor one touch external hd to store some movies i have made. i am trying to transfer them from the HD on my powerbook to the new HD and when i drag the file i made with imovie i get a message that says something like: cannot copy "icon " because the name is too long or the characters are not recognized by the drive. how do i fix this?
     
  2. carbonmotion macrumors 6502a

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    Try formating the drive to HSF+ or FAT
     
  3. ephramz macrumors member

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    Yep, I've had that same problem with a PC-formatted external USB disk. You need to reformat it using Disk Utility to one of the Mac formats like Mac OS, or Mac OS (Journaled). Include the OS 9 drivers if you want to see it in OS 9 ever. This will make it unmountable on PC's however, but let you use long file names (and make aliases).
     
  4. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    You want Mac OS Extended + Journaled (Apple's name) or HFS+ Journaled. Journaling is not needed, but is nice. Mac OS Extended is vital (the + on HFS).
     
  5. ispeakmango thread starter macrumors member

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    ahh, used disc utility and everything is working perfect now, thanks for the help.
     

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