Newb iMac Help Please (External Issue)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Rmbxr9, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Rmbxr9 macrumors newbie

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    Just got the iMac 21.5 last night, having used a PC for around 15 years...
    My old PC completely died. Luckily I had basically all my stuff on DVDRs and Externals.

    So here's my issue, I can open up Finder, and drag stuff from my External on to the Mac perfectly fine.
    I can put in a DVDR, and drag the files onto the Mac, no problem.

    But I can't
    A.) take the files from the DVDR and drag them onto the External.
    B.) Can't drag files from my MAC onto the External.
    When I try, I get the circle with the bar going through it...

    What am I missing here? Do I have to do this through another route?

    What I really want to do is get the files from the DVDRs to the External. And in the future, back up files to the External as well. For safe keeping.
    Thanks
     
  2. kylera macrumors 65816

    kylera

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    It would seem that your external is formatted to NTFS, the file system used by Windows 7. You might have to copy all your files over and reformat the hard drive, and then bring the files back.

    You can reformat your hard drive by accessing Disc Utility in the Applications/Utilities folder in your iMac's hard drive.
     
  3. Rmbxr9 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for responding.
    So, I've basically almost got everything off the External on the the MAC.
    I can finish that up, and then reformat I guess.

    When I go to Disc Utility and click my External, I see
    First Aid
    Erase
    Partition
    RAID
    Restore

    What am I looking for to reformat it?
    I was only used with Vista in the past, so, perhaps that is the problem.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    That's not necessary. You can install Paragon to enable Mac OS X to read/write to any NTFS drive.

    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

    Choose the appropriate format:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.

    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
     
  5. Rmbxr9 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, did you read my post, under the NTFS section? It has a link, price, etc. in bold text.
     
  7. Rmbxr9 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What about this patch?
    NTFS-3G

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    Yeah, sorry I just skimmed it quickly.
    Thanks
     

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