Read only hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Adamo, May 4, 2006.

  1. Adamo macrumors 6502

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    Just popped my old PC's SATA into my PowerMac G5, but it's only coming up as read only at the moment, do I need to do some special formatting somehow?

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    Its probably NTFS formatted, macs can only read NTFS. Your only solution is to format it to HFS or FAT32.
     
  3. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    One of two things that I can think of in addition to the format.

    1.) Get Info and change the permissions.

    2.) Some drives have a jumper setting for write protection.
     
  4. janey macrumors 603

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    Write support is possible, albeit experimental, I think disabled by default, and limited.

    From the mount_ntfs man page:
     
  5. Adamo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm pretty sure the jumper settings are fine, since it was on my PC - how do I format the drive then? Can't find the option anywhere!
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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  7. matticus008 macrumors 68040

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    Just in case, I'm going to point out that reformatting will erase that hard drive. If your intention is to use any of the files on it, make sure to copy them to your Mac's HD first.

    You probably already know this, but one can never be sure of background knowledge with newbies to computer forums.
     
  8. Adamo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I realise that, I can't remember what was on the drive, can't have been particularly important if I don't remember though, so never mind. :) I now have a drive that was in my old PC working in my Mac! Yay. :) Got 300GB in this machine now, woop woop.

    yellow - many thanks for the help, all sorted thanks to you. :)
     

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