New external hard drive is write-protected

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MartyMcFly, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. MartyMcFly macrumors newbie

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    Hey, sorry if this is a noob question, but when I try to save things to my new external hard drive a box comes up telling me that the disk is write-protected. Is there a way I can write-enable it? I have tried a bit of searching on Google, but to no avail.

    Cheers,
    MM
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You probably have to format it to something OS X can write to.
     
  3. stridemat Moderator

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    As Miles said or install NTFS paragon for mac and that should sort out your problems.
     
  4. MartyMcFly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's great, but I don't really know what any of that means..
     
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  6. hamlinspahn macrumors regular

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    Disk Utility

    If the drive contains no data you want to keep open disk utility click on the drive and then click on partition and delete it and then create a new partition and format. This link may help you

    http://macs.about.com/od/applications/ss/diskutilformat.htm
     

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