Can't delete files using external hard drive

mrk123

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Dec 29, 2013
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I have just downloaded some spftware that was meant to let me delete files from my external hard drive, something about making it ntsf safe or soemthing?

Well before i installed I could use my hard drive and add files, now I have installed this software, I can't even view my hard drive?

Wht do Apple make this stuff so complicted... Like I want to spend my entire sunday tryin to add a file to my hard drive... Seriously why can't they just make it simple?!

Any ideas on what I can do here?
 

maflynn

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What software?
What version of OSX?

NTFS is a Microsoft propriety product that apple does not support (at least support with write access). Try using NTGS-G and you should be able to delete files off the NTFS formatted drive.

If you plan on using the external drive for the two different platforms, I recommend a format of exFAT instead as that is cross platform compatible.
 

mrk123

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OSX - 10.7.5

I only use MAC now, no PC..

What is this software you said, do I just download it and install it?
 

maflynn

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If you don't need anything on the external drive (or you've already copied it) then you can easily reformat the drive to make it compatible for the Mac.

your original post mentioned you downloaded some software that failed to give you the ability to delete files from the NTFS volume which is why I asked what it was.

Anyways check out this Apple KB in how to reformat a drive

This will remove all data on the drive so be sure you've backed it up and/or don't care about it anymore.
 

mrk123

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I need to keep some of the files on the drive.. just need to clear some.... I want to 'spring clean' my drive you see, get things in order..

But now it won't even let me view my drive... ??
 

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maflynn

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You need to install MacFuse to fix that error. This thread details that issue.

The system requirements mention this
The package has been tested with Mac OS X 10.4.11/PowerPC, Mac OS X 10.5.8/PowerPC and Mac OS X 10.6.4/Intel/64-bit Intel.
NTFS-3G includes and depends on MacFUSE.
I'm not sure why it wasn't loaded but try reinstall MacFuse
 

mrk123

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Dec 29, 2013
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OK i installed Mc Fuse and nothing, that message still pops up when i insert my external HD...??

What do i do now?

Sorry, but I no mac pro so this stuff is confusing!..
 
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