How to format external Toshiba drive without erasing?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by asdf212, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. asdf212 macrumors regular

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    IO have an external Toshiba drive that I added a few files onto on a windows computer now Im using my iMac and I want to format it so its not a 'read only' drive, HOwever I cant lose any of the files on the drive..?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    It's read only because Macs don't have the ability to write to NTFS drives. You cannot format it without erasing it. That's the definition of formatting. You can try a third party NTFS driver that will allow your Mac to write to a NTFS drive like NTFS-3G or Tuxera NTFS.
     

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