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