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External is FAT32 or NTFS?
Is the external harddisk formatted as NTFS? Most externals come pre-formatted as FAT32 which has a file size limit of 4GB. If that should be the problem, you could use the convert command to change the drive to NTFS.
I have used this external drive for huge premiere projects and it has worked great.
This has never happened before.
i don't know if it is set to fat32 or ntfs - how do i find that out? and how do i convert it?
But, I don't think that is the problem - but I am wrong a lot, and getting pretty used to it.
I appreciate all the help - what do you think I should do?
There's a chance that nothing's wrong with your drive, and that it's one particular piece of media in your timeline that's choking the project trimmer & causing it to abort with a generic error.
I'm guessing that you're probably cutting an hour-long DV project. Are any of your clips not DV? Anything ripped from a DVD, perhaps? If you suspect certain clips are tripping you up, try removing them temporarily (make a backup of your master project file, just in case!) & try the trimmer again.
If you can't make an educated guess, you can fall back on this method: make a copy of your project. Delete half of the timeline; trim again. Does it fail? If so, split the remainder in two, trim again. Keep going until it doesn't fail anymore. In this manner, you'll be able to narrow down what clip(s) is giving you trouble.
If you do pinpoint a particular clip that won't trim, please let me know what it is. I'd like to take a look...
>how do i find that out?
Windows Explorer, RIGHT click on the drive letter and select properties
>how do i convert it?
Look at Ruud's post... the blue word convert is a link to instructions
Thank you so much!!! I am so grateful for this forum. I did need to convert my drive from fat32 to ntfs. I really do appreciate you all taking the time to help me. I just hope that I can return the favor and be a help on the forum as well.