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Just bought my teenage daughter a used Mac 450 for use in digital editing. Using OS X.
Thought I would try a Mac since her AMD K6 2-300 PC was not worth upgrading. I am of course a long time windows user, but I wanted my daughter to learn the "other" system..ie. Mac, since she is very inclined to arts, photography etc.

She started playing with i Movie today, but after a few minutes she got a message saying there was no disk space available.

I just looked in the disk utility and it says I have a total of 37.27GB capacity. Under OS X it says I have capacity of 8.9GB with only 1.28 available (7.62 used). For OS 9 it says there is 28.37GB capacity and 27.28 GB available (ie. 1.09 GB used)

I would presume the lack of space for OS X is the reason she is running out of space for i Movie.

1) How do I change the amount of HD space for OS X and reduce for OS 9? Can this be done?

2) How much HD space should OS X have alloted versus OS9?


Also - how many icons are allowed to be displayed in the "dock"? Can you dispaly any or all of your applications, or is there a limit? How do you add an icon?

Thanks for your help

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i don't think there's a limit to icons in the dock, they'll just keeping getting smaller to accomodate.

your hard drive problem sounds like a partition issue to me, but i could be wrong
 

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It sounds to me like you have both OS's on their own partition. If that is the case you might have to reformat the hard disc and change the partitions. You might be able to use the OS9 partition from imovie but I am not 100% sure of that.

You can add as many items do the dock as you want. I once saw a thread where somone had put 500 items in their dock.
 

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After you create an iMovie "project", and your hard drive is set up to use partitions, you should be able to save it to your OS 9 partition and work with the larger available space.
 

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Welcome to the Mac platform Dave K. To add an icon to the dock, just drag the application icon on to the dock. As for the rest of your questions, I'm just making the migration, so you'll need to rely on some of the other friendly and helpful members of the community who have been using X for the past couple of years.
 

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Welcome to ehMax ! I'm not well versed in iMovie or OS10, But you should be able to run the application from the "OS9" partition (just copy it over). It seems you are running it from the OS10 smaller partition and don't have adequate working space on it, as it was obviously set up to be large enough for the OS10 operating system only. Any new application installs should be on the larger partition. TIP: You'll get more experienced help if you post your technical problems in the "Emergency Room" forum
 

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Buy a new HD. It is the fastest and best way to increase the amount of space you have available. And I think you will find that you will get better performance, having one disk as the "working" disk, and another as the boot & application drive.
 

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Have your daughter create a folder on the larger of the two HD's (in your case, where you've installed OS9) and give it an appropriate name (such as "Movie Projects", but whatever).
Next, move the iMovie folder from her home directory (/Users/her name/Movies/iMovie) to the new folder you've created *.
When opening or saving a movie project in iMovie, navigate to this folder instead of the movies folder on the OSX drive (the default).
Because you have adequate space on the OS9 drive, that drive should be used for large files, as all movie files are.

* To move the folder, have both windows open and drag the folder icon while holding the option key. If you just drag, that will copy the folder. In that case you can delete the original in a second step.

You always want data-intensive files to be saved to the largest of your partitions; video uses a lot of space.
 
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