External drive with read only permissions

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  1. macrumors regular

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    I just moved a usb drive from my PC to my new Mac. When I look at the More Info it reads I have read permissions only. How do I change this so I can edit the files on this drive?
     
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    Eidorian

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    Is the drive formatted to NTFS?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes
     
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    Eidorian

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    You're going to have to format the drive to FAT32 or HFS+ to be able to write to it.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just my luck...LOL

    Thanks
     
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    Big-TDI-Guy

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    Wait! There is a program out and about that lets you read AND write a NTFS drive within OSX.

    I can't remember the name of it, it allows you to work with the bootcamp drive, and NTFS externals...

    Argh, what was it called??

    I knew I didn't smoke crack today. Here:

    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/
     
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the heads up on that program.
     
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