Can't write to external drive.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Theunknown1087, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Theunknown1087 macrumors member

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    So I have an external drive that I want to be able to copy some files to. I use it for my Windows PC, and i have some of it set up for time machine too.

    When I plug it in, Documents, Pictures stuff show up. I can drag files off onto OS X but I cant drop other files on it. It says I only have READ permissions. How do I change this?

    Fully updated OS X SL
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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  3. Theunknown1087 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah it is.

    I can't format it to anything else because I have too much stuff on there.
     
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Mac OS X cannot natively write to NTFS formatted hard drives. A workaround for this is NTFS-3g.
     
  5. Theunknown1087 thread starter macrumors member

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    So just install that and I am good to go?
     
  6. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Pretty much :)
     
  7. Theunknown1087 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!!
     
  8. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Glad I could help you out :)
     

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