Cannot delete, create, or modify files on a USB

Discussion in 'macOS' started by palijer, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. palijer macrumors newbie

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    One day old mac book pro. updated the os to current. The USB in question works fine on my other windows laptop, LACIE 500gb model. I copied files from it to the desktop fine.

    Error message is "<file name> Cannot be moved to the trash can because it cannot be deleted"

    I think its just some rights issue but have no idea where to find them. I cannot even move files from one folder to another in the USB.


    Dave
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    What file system does the drive use? If it's NTFS formatted, that would explain your inability to write to it.
     
  3. palijer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes, NTFS format... I'l assume there is no work-around?
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    There are two ways to work around it.

    Solution 1: Install the free MacFUSE and NTFS-3G, which enables NTFS read/write on your Mac.

    Solution 2: Reformat the drive (which I'm sure you don't want to do).
     
  5. palijer thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You say that your "windows laptop" is a LaCie 500 GB model? That is probably not what you meant, but that is clearly what you said.

    You are having no trouble with Windows. We don't need to hear any more about Windows. It would be helpful if you would helpful if you clearly state what happened on your Mac and when did it happen.

    Before responding here:
    • Single-click the drive's Desktop volume icon.
    • Press [cmd]+[i] or File>Get Info within the Finder.
    • Look toward the bottom of the resultant dialog box for Ownership & Permissions.
    • Set You can to Read & Write. (You may also check Ignore ownership on this voume.)
     

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