Help with WD My Book Essential!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dvestrad, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. dvestrad macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2012
    Hello, I have been a long time PC user and I finally upgraded to a Macbook :cool:, ergo, i'm an ultra n00b with a Mac :confused:. With that said, I have been using a WD My book essential 1TB usb 3.0 and have already saved multiple files to it (200GB+). As of right now, I can only read these files on my Macbook and have no writing permissions to the external HD. How do I go about gaining access/write privileges without compromising any of the contents on the HD (I don't want to reformat/delete all that I have on the HD)? I'm worried that I may lose my data already on the HD. Ideally, I'd like to be able to plug and play this HD on my Macbook and transfer files to and from my PC. Any help would be much appreciated.

  2. Macman45, Dec 19, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2012

    Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Right click the drives icon and choose "Get Info"

    At the bottom of that pane, change permissions to Read and Write for your user account.
  3. rhoydotp macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2006
    what filesystem is it? as far as I know NTFS is only read-only on OSX unless you use a 3rd-party software.

    do you have a separate PC? if so, you can just do CIFS sharing from your PC and mount the share from your Mac.

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