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Lindsey Hackney
FCP and external hard drive troubles
on Nov 20, 2011 at 2:21:22 am

I was using FCP 6 to edit a video, saving everything to an external hard drive. Everything was going fine until I left my computer for a while and came back to a black screen. Somehow my computer crashed. When I turned it back on and reconnected my external hard drive, this message came up:

"The disk "IMG 500-003" was not repairable by this computer. It is being made available to you with limited functionality. You must back up your data and reformat the disk as soon as possible."

I pressed 'ok' and tried to get into my FCP file which opened easily but when I try to save (using 'save' OR 'save as'), a message pops up saying:

"File Error: The specified file is locked"

I looked at the disk permissions for the external and they are now read-only.

If I repair disk permissions for the external, will I lose all of my work? Is this even the right course of action?


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: FCP and external hard drive troubles
on Nov 20, 2011 at 2:44:38 pm

You can't just drag and drop the files from the failing drive to another location? That's where I'd start. Check the copies by opening them.

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David Roth Weiss
Re: FCP and external hard drive troubles
on Nov 20, 2011 at 4:32:11 pm

You need to acquire and run Disk Warrior on that drive ASAP, and then get everything off of it. Even if it seems as though it's fine after running DW, I would not trust it. It sounds as if the drive's power supply may be failing.

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Lindsey Hackney
Re: FCP and external hard drive troubles
on Nov 20, 2011 at 6:33:42 pm

Unfortunately, it's a work hard drive so I have nowhere to move the files (they must go onto this drive and be returned). Looks like I may need to just return the drive for a new one if the power supply is failing?

Thanks for the suggestions.

L. Hackney
Chicago, Illinois


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Steve Eisen
Re: FCP and external hard drive troubles
on Nov 21, 2011 at 3:16:58 am

I agree with the power supply. If it's not the power supply, Data Rescue from ProSoft may be able to help.

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