How to move .mbox from desktop to external hard drive?

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  1. mrbarker2312 macrumors newbie

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    Hello all,

    I moved mail from an exchange server to my computer to get around using to much space at work. I then dragged that folder to my desktop which created a .mbox file. When I try to move the .mbox file from my desktop to an external hard drive it wont move. a grey circle with an exclamation point appears. I tried doing it with Entourage close as well and got the same issue. Does anyone know the proper way for me to move the .mbox file from the desktop to the external hard drive?
     
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    What format is the external drive, and how large is the .mbox file?
     
  3. mrbarker2312 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Its a western digital 500GB hard drive fresh out of the box. Im not sure what the default format is. The .mbox file is about 500mb
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Select the hard drive in Finder and go to File -> Get Info. The format should be listed there.
     
  5. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    I think what everyone is getting at is... Can you write any files at all to the external drive? If not, it's probably because it's in a format not writable using Mac OS X. If that's the case, then you'll have to reformat the drive.
     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Actually, we're getting at why files can't be written to the drive. There are a number of reasons, not all filesystem-related. Most do not require a reformat.
     
  7. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    Good point. I didn't think about permissions etc.
     
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    That's why this thread never drops too far off the front page of the forum.
     

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