How to backup final cut express program to an external HD?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Johnny7, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Johnny7 macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2010
    Formatting my HD and freshly installing mac osx, I dragged final cut into my HD and even ran the app from there, does that mean I'm good to go or is it still using files in my internal HD and would not work if completely deleted from the mac internal drive?

  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Apps like FCE frequently store stuff in /Library/Application Support/ which would not get copied with a drag-and-drop. The app would still run from the new location, so long as you were booted from the drive with the additional files in its /Library folder; the test would be to boot from a fresh install and see if it launches.

    Using Migration Assistant to import apps and their supporting files will get this stuff for you automatically, but if you're trying to clear out junk that might defeat the purpose of your clean install.

    You could also locate and move the files manually, but frankly if you've got a legit FCE license it's easiest (and safest) to just reinstall it from the original disc.

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