HELP External Drive Read Only

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ozstickman, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. ozstickman macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2012
    Gday all

    I have a Seagate External HDD which I was using on my Asus laptop and have plugged into my iMac and it is READ ONLY. Its format is NTFS. How do I make it write access?

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010


    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.
  3. ozstickman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2012
    Sorry about that. I didn't have a very good look did I.

    Thank you.
  4. dakwar macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2010

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