External Drive

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  1. mikeyz6 macrumors newbie

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    I have a Western Digital 1.5TB external portable hard-drive....

    i can copy my files from the external to mac

    but i can delete anything

    and i cannot add and files to the hard-drive from the mac


    thanks in advanced
     
  2. mikeyz6 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i also dont know is that DISK UTILITY thing will work for me... because.... i DO NOT want to delete the files off my external...
     
  3. mikeyz6 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    also .. why does it take so long to burn a DVD on iDVD
     
  4. MacHamster68, Mar 5, 2011
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    am i guessing right your external was once connected to a windows pc
    as it would explain why you cant write and just read the files as its formated in ntfs i suppose

    and snow leopard has disabled the feature of writing to ntfs simple because ntfs is a proprietary file format from microsoft

    there are several ways to enable read and write functions

    http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/
    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/
    http://www.tuxera.com/products/tuxera-ntfs-for-mac/

    and here is a terminal hack to enable it
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=785376

    easier would be to safe the files somewhere and reformat the external in Mac OS Extended file format or if you happen to still having a windows pc then Fat 32 file format


    and idvd is a app to create home made dvd's ,not just for burning, if you want just burn get toast
    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/6351/toast-titanium
    or freeware "burn"
    http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/Pages/English/home.html
    also the superdrives are not the fastest on the market , which does not really matter as the slower the better for burning if quality is important

    and important get a external for time machine backups, the most important thing if you own a computer is a great backup
     

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