Need help moving files to external HDD

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

  1. frank0013 macrumors newbie

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    Nov 10, 2009
    #1
    Hi,

    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!??

    Thanks!
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    Montreal, QC
    #2
    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

    patrick0brien

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    #3
    Agreed.

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

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