Can't copy files to external hard drive....

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  1. Amadore, Nov 27, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2011

    macrumors newbie

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    *edit* Just figured it out after a lot of tinkering, please delete. :)

    Mac newbie here!

    I just bought a 13 inch MacBook Air, and so far I love it. There are; however, a few things that I have no idea how to do:

    I backed up all my PC files to an external hard drive. When I plug in the external hard drive to the Mac I can see them all, but I can't copy any files from my new MacBook Air to the external HD. I downloaded a few videos to the Mac, and when I try to drop them into the external HD I just see a circle with a slash though it. How can I get them onto the drive?

    Thank you so much,
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    That's because the drive is formatted as NTFS.

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    On the PC, copy the files off of the External HDD and reformat as ExFat. Copy the files back on, and both PC and Mac will be able to read/write.
     
  4. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    That's one option, but may not be practical, if the OP doesn't have sufficient storage to offload the files. It isn't necessary to reformat the drive to be able to read/write from Mac OS X.
     
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