External HDD is read only?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tyron2000, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. tyron2000 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    First off I am new to this forum, so hello everyone!

    I am new to the iMac after building gaming PC's for several years. I have got the iMac 27" all signing and dancing iMac.

    When I attached my 500GB external HDD to the USB port on the rear of the iMac, all the files are read only? I have tried to change this but can not ind a way to do this.

    Am I missing something simple? Please help...

    Many Thanks

    Tyron
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

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    It's probably an NTFS drive, which OS X can't write to by default. Look into MacFUSE or NTFS-3G.
     
  3. tyron2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok,

    Going to back up the HDD and see if I can format the HDD to MacFUSE... I'll post if I get stuck.

    Many Thanks
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    MacFuse is not a format:

     
  5. tyron2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK, installed NTFS-3G and got this error when I restarted:

    NTFS-3G could not mount /dev/disk1s1
    at /Volumes/My Book because the following problem occurred:

    dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/lib/libfuse.2.dylib
    Referenced from: /usr/local/bin/ntfs-3g
    Reason: image not found

    Any ideas?
     
  6. tyron2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok,

    Sorted now.

    Backed everything up then formatted the HDD to a Mac file system and now using it as a back up disk with Time Machine.

    Thanks for the help :)
     

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