new maxtor external hd can't copy imovie files

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by ispeakmango, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. ispeakmango macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2004
    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


    Jan 28, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    Try formating the drive to HSF+ or FAT
  3. ephramz macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2004
    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


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    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

    Jan 23, 2004
    ahh, used disc utility and everything is working perfect now, thanks for the help.

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