FCPx doesn't see external device

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by fricodam, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. fricodam macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I am following Steve Martin advice and want to keep all my files on the dedicated media device. For some reason FCP x doesn't see my external hard drive, although it is on the desktop. It is formatted for both PC and Mac. Any idea why I can't see my external hard drive? Thank you very much in advance
     
  2. mBox macrumors 68020

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    Is it formatted as HFS +? I dont think it will work with anything else.
     
  3. fricodam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It was formatted in the Apple store by an instructor so would I be able to use it in both PC and Mac. Honestly I have no idea how it was formatted, I am new to Mac. How should I check it? Thank you
     
  4. mBox macrumors 68020

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    you can check Applications>Utility>Disk Utility or get info and see what format settings are. Get Info is select drive then Command+I.
     
  5. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    If it is formatted for Mac and Windows, it is not HFS +. You'll have to erase the drive in Disk Utilities (back up files you have on the drive already).
    Does the drive show in the Finder?
     
  6. fricodam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It is formatted MS-DOC (FAT32). Does it mean that FCP will never able to read it?
     
  7. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    It should be, but FAT32 is a very bad choice - especially with video due to its file size limit.
     
  8. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Right. FAT32 has a 4GB file size limit. Horrible for modern video editing, where clip sizes can be larger than that pretty easily.

    I would suggest reformatting for Mac OS X Extended (HFS+). If you really need to be able to use the drive in Windows as well, there's an application called MacDrive that lets you mount Mac-formatted volumes on Windows machines with read/write capabilities.
     
  9. fricodam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you everyone for your help! You all are great!
     
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