My files on my portable hard drive all are "locked" ???

Discussion in 'iMac' started by crashderby, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. crashderby macrumors newbie

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    I have recently bought an iMAC and am still very new with everything there is to learn . Some things are not so easy to figure out - and so I'm asking hopefully those who know about MACs.

    I have a 1TB Seagate Portable Hard Drive that I have had for about a year and it has worked great for me . I use it to store all of my photos on it since I take so many - especially with my growing family . I have all my pictures organized by year, then by month, then day . It cleaned my PC right up and it works great . Worked great .

    I now have a MAC OS X 10.7.2 - the iMAC thing . I have for the first time since I've had it, uploaded my pictures off my camera (which was not as easy a thing as I was use to on my PC) , and would now like to store them on my PHD in the appropriate year/month/day folders ........

    But , I went to go open the folders and delete some silly pictures that I wanted gone , and it won't let me delete anything . It says its locked . So I tried to add a folder to my December folder for 2011 , and it won't let me add anything to it either . I am scared to put my pictures on the hard drive and delete them off my camera because I don't know if they will transfer over correctly and if they do - I don't know if I can access them later . Also , I want to put them in the right dated folders so I can keep track of them and the time they were taken .

    Does anyone have any idea why this is going on ? Is there something I am not doing that I don't know about ? Can I only use my PHD on a PC ??? I wouldn't think so - But I am very confused .

    Pleeeaassseee help me .:confused:
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    What file format is the external HDD? NTFS?

    If it you will need to install wither NTFS-3G or MacFuse. This will give you write access to an NTFS drive.
     
  3. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Use iPhoto to organize your photos. Don't worry about how they're named on the drive.
     
  4. iMarvin macrumors 6502

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    I faced the same issues when i bought my iMac, what i did was copy everything from the NTFS drive. Reformat the drive to Mac OS Journal (extended) and then move everything back again, worked fine. What i also did was split up my drive in to two partitions, i gave the OSX one 800GB because of time machine. I also created a Shared partition, which i formatted to FAT32 incase i wanted to transfer something from a Windows PC to my Mac or vise versa. Good luck. :)
     

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