External harddrive problem

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stevesmac, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. stevesmac macrumors newbie

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    i have bought a 70gB extarnal hard drive which is suitable for windows and mac devices. I can transfer to and from the drive on my windows pc but on the emac it won't let me . It says in permissions 'read only'. Is there any way I can change this thanks steve
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    It's probablyformatted NTFS, which Mac OS can read but not write. There are addons for OSx that allow read and write. MACFuse and NTFS-3G is the name, but search google.
     
  3. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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  4. stevesmac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your advice. I omitted to say I am running 10.3.9 and it looks like the software requires 10.4

    how do i format the extarnel drive in FAT32
    cheers
     
  5. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    In the Disk Utility, select the volume you want to format, switch to the "Erase" tab and change the "Volume Format" dropdown to FAT32.
     
  6. stevesmac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Dannysmurf. Tried but all I got is partition tab, everything else greyed out
     

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