External Hard Drive - Can't write

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Binford, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. Binford macrumors member

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    Hello.
    I have a MBP (recently apple switcher).

    I have an external hard drive that was created using Windows (used with XP before). Now when I plug it into my mac, I can only read it, and don't have permission to write to the external. Is there a way I can use this hard drive without reformatting it as a Mac hard drive?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Sounds like its in NTFS. There is no way to write to this drive. However, if you were willing to format it FAT32 then the PC and mac can read it.
     
  3. Binford thread starter macrumors member

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    yes, it is in ntfs.

    Thank you, I'll be reformatting to Fat32 soon!
     
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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