Can't delete a windows system folder off my Mac-connected External HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sphoenix77, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. sphoenix77 macrumors member

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    So I have an external HDD formatted in NTFS that I used for all my DVD backups items connected to my Mac (running Mac OS X 10.5.8). In any event, I was re-installing windows on my Laptop (which is a PC) and put the old copy of windows on the external drive. Well, I don't need it anymore and was trying to delete it but it won't delete. I have tried everything short of initializing the drive which I want to avoid so I dont lose all my DVD backups. It's in the trash but it just won't empty. I really do need some advice on this one. Any ideas?
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    im afraid that macs dont come with "write" permissions for NTFS disks. you will have to put the ext drive into a windows based computer or installed NTFS-3G ( i think its called) to delete the files.
     
  3. sphoenix77 thread starter macrumors member

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    What is NTFS-3G? Is that a mac program or something?
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    yup its a mac program that basically installs drivers that enables write access to NTFS drives :)
     
  5. sphoenix77 thread starter macrumors member

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    Nice program ... but whenever I try to empty the trash it still just crashes the whole computer. :confused:
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    seriously? argh im sorry about that :( normally it works perfectly! what OS version are you running?
     
  7. sphoenix77 thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac OS X 10.5.8. Just the weirdest thing. I can not delete this old copy of the windows system folder off my computer...
     
  8. DualShock macrumors 6502

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    You can try to post in the Tuxera forums, or leave a comment at http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/, about your problem.

    Erik Larssen, who is (I believe) the lead (only?) developer for the Mac implementation of NTFS-3G, is usually very good at answering questions regarding NTFS-3G.
     

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