External Hard Drive Privileges Questions

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ShadowX22, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. ShadowX22 macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2006

    When I try to write to an EHD I get a insufficient privilege error. When I check it in the Disk Utility it shows Read-Only. How can I make it so I can write to it as well? Is it a setting I have to alter in Mac OSX or the EHD?

    Note: I am not the primary user of the EHD, it's primary computer is a Windows XP. I am on a MacBook.
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    It needs to be formatted as FAT32 for both Windows and Mac to read & write with it. Most likely this disk was formatted in Windows with NTFS and therefore Macs cannot write to it. I guess the best option is to reformat it as FAT32 (do this through Disk Utility on the Mac rather than through Windows so you can have larger partitions) or create a small FAT32 partition on the current drive. There are apps that let you write to NTFS from Mac but they're expensive. :)

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