After Effects error: making file specification – no such volume (-35)

1stMar. × ’10

Have you come across this error before in After Effects?

After Effects error: making file specification – no such volume (-35)

Yeah, it sucks.  Well, today was my first time experiencing this error.  I was opening an archived After Effects project, and as soon as it started to open I saw the error message.  I racked my brain trying to figure out why it was missing media because I was opening the project from a collected files folder.  I kept saying to myself,”This is what collected files is for…I shouldn’t be missing ANYTHING!”.  To top it all off, I had to continuously click the button as it tried to open the project because it was missing every single asset.  Finally it opened in After Effects and all assets were missing so I relinked everything and saved the project.  Fast forward 10 minutes later, AE crashed on me and I had to restart the program only to be welcomed by that annoying error message AGAIN!  So I got smart and googled the error message.

Well it turns out that the HFS file system on Mac has a 32 character limit on any Volume Name.  My external drive was exactly 32 characters.  I simply closed After Effects, renamed the external drive by shaving off a few characters of the Volume Name and TADA…Everything was fine!

So lesson of the day: Don’t make your Volume Names longer than 32 characters!

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  1. Jenn
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Thank you thank you thankyou. You just saved us from hours of MORE agony.
    Thanks for taking the time to post.

  2. admin
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    No problem Jenn. It’s an annoying little error isn’t it.

    Happy to help. 🙂

  3. Posted August 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    where can i find the external drive to rename it?

  4. Posted August 2, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    On OS X you simply find your drive on the Desktop or in Finder and use Command+I or right click and select “Get Info”. You’ll see an option to rename the drive there. On PC you would go into Windows Explorer and right click on the drive and go to properties…rename it there.

  5. Camilo
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Thx !!!!

  6. Sam
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Thank you, still saving people (me included) hours!

  7. Posted March 9, 2015 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! I don’t know that I would have EVER figured this one out.

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