External HDD permission problems

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by da meat tree, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. da meat tree macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2008
    I just connected an external hard drive and i checked the permissions and it's read-only. I'm not sure how to change it, it's full of movies and music and other important files so I don't want to format it, but it's currently formatted as NTFS because it used to be hooked up to my vista computer.

    Any help is appreciated
  2. phooi macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2007
    I believe that Macs have problems reading NTFS formatted drives. You should double check that by doing a google search.

    If so, your solution will be to offload the files to another drive and reformat it as FAT32.

    Good luck.
  3. da meat tree thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2008
    the problem is that I have no where else to back up 600 gigs of stuff, so formatting is out of the question
  4. steveza macrumors 68000


    Feb 20, 2008

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