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Can't transfer files TO external WD HDD

cursedearth

macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 13, 2011
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I've recently purchased a rMB and even though I'm having no problems transferring stuff from my HDD, I'm not able to copy/paste files onto the HDD from my rMB

I've had the HDD for more than a year and have used it without any problems on my Windows PC/laptop. No issues transferring files to/from the HDD when connected to a Windows device, however, when I connect it to my rMB I can transfer files to it but not from it and onto the HDD.

Appreciate if anyone could help out with this.
 

jonny123LP

macrumors newbie
Sep 20, 2012
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Ulm, Germany
Is the hard drive formatted with NTFS? OS X can't write to NTFS drives by default. You need to format it with another filesystem (like FAT32 or OS X Journaled) or you need some 3rd party software to use your NTFS drive with your mac. I use Tuxera NTFS for example.
 

cursedearth

macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 13, 2011
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Is the hard drive formatted with NTFS? OS X can't write to NTFS drives by default. You need to format it with another filesystem (like FAT32 or OS X Journaled) or you need some 3rd party software to use your NTFS drive with your mac. I use Tuxera NTFS for example.

The format shows up as NTFS. If I were to format the HDD to FAT32 wouldn't that mean losing all my data? Taken me a while to set up the files on my HDD the way I have .
 

jonny123LP

macrumors newbie
Sep 20, 2012
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Ulm, Germany
Yes, reformatting means you lose all your data. And even if you format the drive with OS X Journaled, you can't use it with Windows, and if you reformat to FAT32 you can't have files larger than roughly 4GB on there. So I definitley would go with software like Tuxera NTFS or Paragon NTFS. There is also a free option called NTFS-3G. I haven't tried that though.
 
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