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  • Posted by Dan Crouch on December 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I am trying to open an old fcp 7 project to make some changes. I keep getting an ‘error -36’ message.
    I can’t copy the project off onto my desktop, and I cant open on my mac tower on Snow Leopard.

    Any help would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks
    Dan.

    Jerry Hofmann replied 11 years, 1 month ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Jerry Hofmann

    December 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Here’s what Apple says about that error code:

    Type -36 error (I/O Errors (bummers)

    This file is having difficulty while either reading from the drive or writing to the drive. The file
    may have been improperly written data to the drive or the hard drive or disk may be damaged.
    This is almost always indicative of a media error (hard error on the disk). Sometimes (rarely) it is transient.

    WELL then, let’s check the file. Send me a compressed version of your FCP file. If I can open it, Then you have a hardware problem… ucky.

    jlhofmann@me.comnospam without the no spam of course.

    Jerry

    Apple Certified Trainer, Producer, Writer, Director Editor, Gun for Hire and other things. I ski. My Blog: https://blogs.creativecow.net/Jerry-Hofmann

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  • Dan Crouch

    December 31, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Hi Jerry,
    Thank you for your post.
    I have got around the problem now. I couldn’t open the project, but could open earlier versions.
    I then realised I could check the save vault for last versions of the project without opening it.
    And sure enough, to my great relief, I found the sequences I needed.

    It was odd, a project that did work 2 weeks ago, suddenly becomes corrupt and can’t be opened or copied.
    Do you know to avoid that happening?

    Cheers,
    Dan.

  • Jerry Hofmann

    December 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Sort of sounds like that last save you did with the project file a while ago simply went bad, or was written over a sector on the drive that was dodgy… There are drive utilities that might be useful, but it could be a one time thing too…

    Just back up those project files daily OFF the computer. A cloud account works great for this.

    Jerry

    Apple Certified Trainer, Producer, Writer, Director Editor, Gun for Hire and other things. I ski. My Blog: https://blogs.creativecow.net/Jerry-Hofmann

    Current DVD:
    https://store.creativecow.net/p/81/jerry_hofmanns_final_cut_system_setup

    8-Core 3.0 Intel Mac Pro, Dual 2 gig G5, AJA Kona SD, AJA Kona 2, Huge Systems Array UL3D, AJA Io HD, 17″ MBP, Matrox MXO2 with MAX – Cinema Displays I have a 22″ that I paid 4k for still working. G4 with Kona SD card, and SCSI card.

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