accessing ntfs external drive on macbook

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by veedeekay, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. veedeekay macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2009
    Dear All
    My western digital external drive is formatted ntfs. I want to format it to use for time machine. When I to to disk utilities and try to partition the drive I am not allowed to partition it at all. I did try some procedure through terminal to allow me to copy or delete on an ntfs drive. I thought this would give me access to it - but it didnt work. I check through 'get into' that I only have 'read' access to the drive. I dont understand this. Can someone please assist me.
    Thank you
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    You'll want to use th Erase feature of Disk Utility and change the partition format to Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

  3. veedeekay thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2009
    partitioning ntfs formatted disk

    Thank you very much - all sorted out.

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