Recovering Final Cut Express

Yesterday, I tried to get my Final Cut Express setup back on my Mac. It went away when I reinstalled Mac OS X and formatted the hard drive. However, before formatting, I backed up the complete Applications and Library folders, so I had a possibility to get Final Cut Express back by just copying back the corresponding folder on my new system.

This is exactly what I tried yesterday.

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Of course, the copy operation went smoothly, without any issue. The contrary would be quite upsetting, meaning there is an issue with one of my hard drives or USB ports. However, double-clicking on the copied FCE folder resulted in a shockingly sparse error message similar to the following.

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I was so angry by the lack of details and the suggestion to contact product manufacturer that I clicked on Report and sent a report to Apple. Product manufacturer would only tell me to reinstall, reformat, try on a different machine, etc. All these solutions were not applicable for me or taking too much time.

After that, I tried my luck with a DMG file from a Torrent. The first download failed, resulting in a DMG file that would install something else, MediaPlayerX, but the second download gave me a Torrent that I loaded in uTorrent. Then I got the FCE DMG. I installed using the original serial number which I noted down before reformatting.

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The installation went well and the program started successfully. As a result, my Final Cut Express is back to life!