External HDD showing as read only?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Shawh, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. Shawh macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2010
    Hi, I recently purchased this external hard drive. I transferred several GB of movies/TV shows/music onto it from a Windows 7 PC. Now that I've hooked it up to my Macbook (10.6.2), it shows up as read only. I have no idea what the first step is to remedy this problem!
  2. bwhinnen macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2010
    San Diego
    By design, all NTFS partitions are read-only by default on Snow Leopard. You have two ways of changing this, the best is to use NTFS-3G in conjunction with MacFUSE as it gives better results than making the in-built OSX one mount read-write.

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