External drive dosn't work anymore.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Wraz, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. Wraz macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2009
    Im not sure where to post this but.
    I dont know what happen, but my Digital western external harddrive dosn't work anymore?
    I can see the files but i can only copy the files from it and transfer to my mac.
    I cant read or write? what do i do?
  2. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    Right click on the drive>Get Info>Permissions

    Un-check Read-Only.

    Did that help?
  3. Wraz thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2009
    Already tryed that. but i can't seem to change it.

    But as you can see on the screenshot. its on danish, but basicly wat is say is that i can only read.

    Attached Files:

  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    The drive was initialized as NTFS out of the box. You need two apps to read it: NTFS-3G and MacFUSE (both freeware). Install them then you can read/write to the external. Unless you have a compelling reason to keep it as NTFS, then you should consider reinitialize the drive as HFS+ with journaling (after retrieving any critical files from it).
  5. OriginalFormula macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2009
    Use Disk Utility to reformat into either HFS+ or FAT32.
  6. Wraz thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2009
    That would delete all my files right?
  7. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Yes, it would.

    But before you bother installing 3rd party drivers to read the NTFS, Snow Leopard has this function built-in, but you have to enable it. Here's a thread that details that process:


    This ONLY works on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

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