Cant Transfer Files

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Embarkment 8, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Embarkment 8 macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2012
    I recently bought my first ever macbook pro. I am having an issue transferring files from my macbook to my external hard drive. Is there a way i can transfer downloaded files from the internet to my hard drive, without formatting my usb as i read somewhere on the internet. Thanks
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Your drive is probably formatted for Windows.

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon ($19.95) (Best Choice for Lion and Mountain Lion)
      • For Mac OS X 10.5 and later, including Lion, FUSE for OS X
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36), which is an enhanced version of NTFS-3G with faster performance.
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and later versions, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.
  3. Embarkment 8 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2012
    Cheers for the quick reply. My issue is i can transfer files from my external drive onto my mac no issue, it just does not work vice versa. Will a simple solution be to buy a new external drive to use with my macbook?
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, you don't need to buy another drive. Read my post, especially the first 3 bullet points and the bold text. It tells you how to enable writing to your drive.

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