Need help moving files to external HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by frank0013, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. frank0013 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2009

    I am new to Mac. I just need to move some files to my external HDD. When I open the folder these files are in they all highlight and I am able to drag them to my external hard drive. However, once I get them into the hard drive folder a red circle with an "x" comes up indicating that I cannot drop here. I also noticed that the external hard disk folder has an icon that is a pen with a circle and a line thought it. I am thinking that this means that I cannot write to that drive. I am able to move files from the external to the Mac.

    Can anyone please help!??

  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    The drive is probably formatted to NTFS, for which Mac OS X only has native read-only support. If you install, MacFUSE and NTFS-3G, you should be able to read and write.
  3. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    The issue is with the target drive. Check your formatting with Disk Utility.

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