new external harddrive- locked

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nomadix, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. nomadix macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2006
    howdy Folks;

    got an external hard drive - was configured on PC - mate put some files on it - I can retrieve files but cannot delete them or put anything on this external - says locked

    Does reguire to be wiped clean and configured on my Mac- I am G5 iMac OS X 10.3.9

    cheers thanks in advance
    enjoy holiday weeks end
  2. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Probably because your harddrive is formatted in NTFS. You have to reformat it as FAT32 if you want to use it with both Windows and OS X.
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  4. nomadix thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2006
    Howdy Folks;

    Cheers ya for the info and directions to other posts

    I think it best to have it wiped clean on the PC and start fresh on the iMac

    had to be a format issue

    enjoy the holiday weeks end


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