Copying file to External hard disc

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by diazlueantz, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. diazlueantz macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2010
    hi, I am newbie with mac..

    did anyone know how to copying file into the hard disc??
    because when every times I plug in my hard disc is only "read only" and copy the file into my mac. If I want to arrange or drag some file inside I couldn't.

    :D plz plzzzz help~~~~
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    How is the drive formatted? To find out, right-click on the drive and "Get Info".
  3. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    GGJ is right...if your drive is formatted for instance in NTFS (Windows based format), then it will appear as read-only until you get some third part software like NTFS-3G which allows Mac to write to NTFS drives.

    Likewise, for other partition types, that aren't native to Mac, you may need special software to write to them.

    Do as GGJ said, and check the 'Get Info' by selecting the drive and pressing command+I, or right-clicking (ctrl+click) the drive and selecting 'Get Info' from the pop-up menu.

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