Just bought an external HD - problems writing

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  1. charlieash1 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys im new to the forum, could someone give me a few tips - Ive just bought a new 100gb external HD off ebay (first mistake!) and i cant drag and drop files such as music files or word documents. It shows up on my desktop as 'Disk2.Vol1' and i can open the folder but nothing can be added to it.

    Is it something obvious? It says the drive 'cannot be modified' sometimes when i try. Im on a macbook running OSX, the hard drive is an USB connection without external power supply, hope this helps cheers....
     
  2. jodelli macrumors 65816

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    Try right clicking on the drive icon, and hit Get Info. See if at the bottom, Ownership & Permissions if it's locked on Read Only. If it is, unlock it and change it to Read & Write using your User name. It'll likely ask for a password, so enter your own.
     
  3. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Also, did you format it or was it preformatted? It might be NTFS, which would give you read but not write without MacFUSE.
     
  4. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

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    Open 'Disk Utility', then select the correct drive from the column on the left and erase/re-format it. (select 'HFS Journaled' as the format)

    Then try again.
     
  5. chipchen macrumors 6502

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    was it a brand name drive or a no name drive?

    I would recommend just formatting it for Mac.
     
  6. jodelli macrumors 65816

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    Definitely. It didn't occur to me at first that the OP would try to do this on a non Mac formatted disk.
     
  7. charlieash1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    All sorted thanks very much people - I erased the disk through disk utility and im now able to drag and drop..... thanks again, keep up the good work!:)
     
  8. bki122689 macrumors 6502

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    this should fix it
     

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