Copy files from imac to external hard drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by She Said, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. She Said macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2016
    I am unable to copy my files from my iMac to external drive, but it does read. The same drive works both ways on my MacBook Pro. I have Paragon NTFS on both installed. Help Please
  2. r6mile macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2010
    London, UK
    I am not sure how Paragon NTFS works, but as a general rule I would recommend using exFAT to format your drives if you want them to be compatible across Mac and PC without need for special software.
  3. She Said thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2016
    My external is a lot of data ! Any other way to work this out and avoid the formatting ?
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Right click on the drive and select 'get info' then check the sharing and permissions at the bottom it should say both read and write if it doesn't you"ll have to change the settings.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP wrote:
    "My external is a lot of data ! Any other way to work this out and avoid the formatting?"

    Buy another external...

    If the drive in question is used only with Macs, you would be much better off using a drive formatted for the Mac OS with it.
    Things just go better that way...
  6. joema2 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2013
    This should work -- I use Paragon NTFS on several Macs. What exact error are you getting? I have seen a few cases where a copy will fail -- I think it was a spurious duplicate file name but can't remember. It was apparently unique to NTFS and Paragon. However in general Paragon has been reliable.

    In some cases the copy failure is unique to Finder. IOW doing the same copy from Terminal will work.

    Please state the exact error and we will try to help you out. Also try to determine is it happening in the read phase or write phase. Can it be reproduced to a single folder? E.g, if it errors out on a certain file or folder, if you try to copy just that folder or file does it still happen? If it fails on a specific file, does that file name have both upper and lower case letters, spaces, etc? Is it a long filename?

    You can also try to run Disk Utility First Aid on the NTFS volume. That will at least verify whether there's anything wrong with the file system.

    Make sure you have upgraded to the latest version of Paragon, which can be done in System Preferences>NTFS>Settings>Check for Updates. The current version is 14.1.187.

    As already stated if you need PC/Mac data interchange, exFAT is probably better. If it is Mac only then HFS+ is better.

    However you already have the data on these drives and you already have Paragon NTFS, so it really should work.
  7. wlossw macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    also there are some characters in filenames that are ok on Mac but not on Windows (NTFS?) I would make sure that none of the files you are trying to copy contain any of the following:

    < (less than)
    > (greater than)
    : (colon)
    " (double quote)
    / (forward slash)
    \ (backslash)
    | (vertical bar or pipe)
    ? (question mark)
    * (asterisk)

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