Resolved external HD owners not enabled

one1

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Jun 17, 2007
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Running the last version of El Capitan on an iMac.

External is 320gb HD

Many years ago I put every CD I had on an external HD to plug into my MacBook when I was on the go long before iTunes became able to share your library. It works as it should, but Owners are disabled and I cannot delete any of my albums. I'm not interested in having almost 40% of whats on there anymore and I'd like to trim it down.

I *THINK* the problem happened when I let my iMac index the hard drive through iTunes, using it as simply an external library rather than playing randomly chosen songs from the Hard Drive. This would have been a couple years ago. I've never wanted to delete anything from it before so it has never been an issue.

I couldn't find any help in Disk Utility. I wish it was still like in Snow Leopard. It felt much more useable. I noticed it was formatted NTFS, but I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it. I usually format Journaled so IDK why it is like that.

Anyone have any ideas?



 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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I'd take the easy way out:

- Get ANOTHER drive that is large enough to hold the stuff you want to save.
- Copy all the albums you wish to KEEP to the second drive.
- ERASE the problem drive to Mac OS extended with journaling enabled
- RE-copy the files that are "kept" from the second drive back to the repaired one.
 

Sko

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Oct 17, 2009
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macOS can only read from NTFS drives. No writing, no deleting. You can enable write support with some Terminal commands or with third party software, Paragon or NTFS-3G, but as Fishrrman suggested, copying over to an HFS+ drive seems to be the obvious solution.
 

one1

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Well, That'd be it then. Thank you. I have plenty of space on the iMac so I'll just drag over what I want and wipe it. It's been so many years IDK how it ended up NTFS.
 
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