Help! 1TB Maxtor External Hard Drive, 'Read Only'

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  1. allymmpink macrumors newbie

    allymmpink

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    Hey everyone.
    I have recently got my dad's 1TB Maxtor external hard drive, because it crashed his windows. (I always told him to get a mac anyway).
    So - it's plugged in.
    Registering with the computer as an ejectable device.
    But it is 'Read Only'
    How can I make it so I can actually use it and put files on it?
    ANY help would be greatly appreciated.
    THANKS!
    Ally.
    :apple:
     
  2. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    It's probably NTFS file format, you'd have to reformat it for FAT32
     
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    It's probably formatted NTFS, which means you cannot write to it without special drivers.

    Best to reformat it. FAT32 or HFS will do.
     
  4. allymmpink thread starter macrumors newbie

    allymmpink

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    sorry - this may be a really stupid question...
    but how do i reformat it?
    i am new with externals.
     
  5. allymmpink thread starter macrumors newbie

    allymmpink

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    THANK YOU SO MUCH for your help :)
    it's really appreciated.
     
  6. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

    i.shaun

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    It crashed windows?

    Did he install the maxtor software?

    I have a 300GB maxtor, and when I uninstalled it's program from OS X, it would dismount itself after a while, at random. This would crash OS X, making it reboot on me.


    I thought it was broken, but I re-installed the sync software that I never use, and It's worked fine ever since. I don't like it's one touch button because it messed up my iTunes pretty bad.
     
  7. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    You have to erase the drive and format it to HFS+ (for mac only) or FAT (if you want to use it with both). Open Disk Utility and format it (you will lose all your data on that drive!).
    I guess your drive is currently formatted with NTFS, which is read-only on OS-X. Another solution is to get a third party utility like MacFuse that will make OS.X read and write to NTFS (no need to format, so you will not lose your current data on the drive).

    http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/
     
  8. ravi12345 macrumors newbie

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    hi

    hello
    thanks you for your post, you help is appreciated:)
     
  9. LadyMary macrumors newbie

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  10. bmullemeister macrumors member

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    Thee is another way for the drive to read

    I installed a program called NTFS for Mac OS X
    It now reads and writes to my NTFS formatted Hard Drive

    Bert
     

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