How do I write to PC formatted HDD from Mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by RHMMMM, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. RHMMMM macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2005

    Quick question, this should be easy, but I can't figure out how to do it. I put a HDD from my PC in a Firewire enclosure and hooked it up to my Powerbook...I can read everything on it, but can't write. How do I enable writing?

  2. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    It sounds like that hard drive is formatted in NTFS format. Since Microsoft has never released the specs for this format, other OS's have never been able to write to NTFS formatted drives, only read them. You'll have to copy any files you have over to another volume to back them up, and then re-format the drive as FAT 32 in order to read and write on both PCs and Macs.
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Sounds like it's formatted for NTFS. If so, you cannot write to it. The drive must be FAT32. Or, you can format it HFS+ and get MacDrive for your PC (so the PC can read HFS+).

    (d'oh, too slow)
  4. RHMMMM thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2005
    Right on, thanks guys, now I just have to do it.

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