How to Delete Files from an External Drive?

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  1. bildio macrumors regular

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    I'm new to Mac.

    I copied some directories/files from my PC to a LaCie external drive. I then copied them from the drive to the iMac.

    I tried to delete, e.g., drag to Trash, them from the external drive while connected to the iMac. It didn't work. I tried a mouse right click, but no delete on Menu. Is there a way to delete files on the iMac? I ended up connecting the drive to the PC, & deleting the files, but I'd like to be able to do the same from the iMac.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The disk is probably formated NTFS. Apple can read NTFS, but not write to it without software such as ntfs-3g from a 3rd party.
     
  3. bildio thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't know if the external drive is formatted NTFS or FAT. How can I find the drive format?
     
  4. Shownarou macrumors regular

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    Right click on the drive while it's mounted on your desktop and right click. It will open a window that looks similar to this
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    Where it says "Format: Mac OS Extended " it will tell you the format of the drive in question. :)
     
  5. bildio thread starter macrumors regular

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