Copying movies to an external hard drive.

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  1. goul macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys.I recently bought my first imac. I seem to have an issue about copying movies from my imac to an external hard drive.I try to ''drag and drop'' but nothing is happening.I also tried to copy the movies and then paste them to the hard drive but no luck either. Any pointers or tips?????
    Thanks in advance
     
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  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    The HDD is likely formatted in NTFS, which Mac OS X can't write to natively.

    To find out, select the HDD and select GET INFO from the right-click menu.
    [​IMG]

    Also have a look at the following links to learn more about Mac OS X:

     
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    Yes, as the Mac HDD is formatted with the right file system, called Mac OS Extended or HFS+.
     
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    Now check the Sharing & Permissions tab of the GET INFO window and see, if your user account is included or has sufficient rights.

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  8. goul thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My external hard drive to which i want to transfer the movies from my imac is formatted:Windows NT File System (NTFS).
    Below at sharing and Permissions says:''you can only read''
     
  9. NeoMacPhile macrumors newbie

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    Are you opening the hard drive in a different finder window? I had this same issue with my network hard drive because I was trying to do it from the same finder window like I did with my PC. Finally realized that I needed to open a second finder window. Then you can drag it into the open HD folder in the second window.

    Make sense?
     
  10. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Then the external drive needs to be reformatted. OS X cannot write to NTFS drives natively.
     
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    This is the internal HDD I suppose then?​


    I quote part of what I quoted before:
    As you can read, you can leave the HDD formatted the way it is, as it most likely contains data already you don't want to lose.
    If you ONLY want to use the HDD with Macs, you should consider reformatting the HDD to HFS+ (Mac OS Extended), but know, that a reformat will delete the data already on it. You can remedy that by copying the data to your Mac first, formatting the HDD and then copying the data back.​
     

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