my external drives wont allow write access?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by tbluhp, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. tbluhp macrumors 6502a

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    Why is this?

    I can't changed it mac won't let me. What do I do?
     
  2. bry223 macrumors regular

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    Is it a NTFS drive? If so it can only read and not write. My external drive is formatted FAT32 so I can read/write in OSX and use it for windows as well.
     
  3. tbluhp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yes it is how can i change back without wipping?
     
  4. nevets007 macrumors newbie

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    I had the same problem. My drive was working fine then one day it was read only. I thought I would have to re-format. I researched a little and it said sometime it is caused by an error that is caused when disconnecting the drive from a PC.

    Just the other day I needed several files from the drive so I connected it back to my PC. I noticed I couldn't save the file because it was also read only on the PC. I then selected all the files on the drive and removed the read only in properties.

    When I connected the drive back to my iMac to my surprise it worked as read/write! So my drive is operational again!

    Hope this works for your!
     
  5. yatz macrumors newbie

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  6. nevets007 macrumors newbie

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    I did have NTFS-3G and MacFUSE and it was working fine until I used it with the PC and then got that error.
     
  7. CWallace macrumors 603

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    Reconnect it to the PC and properly eject it (click on the Eject icon in the Windows system tray). Then try connecting it to the Mac again.
     

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