old backup hard drive (ntfs).. is locked

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bmccall17, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. bmccall17 macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I have an old backup drive that I want to be able to modify. When I plug it into my MacPro it shows up locked. I can only read the drive on my Mac.

    How do I unlock this drive?


    Please advise,
    bam
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

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    #2
    You cannot write to an NTFS drive without a third-party solution like NTFS-3G or ParagonNTFS.
     
  3. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

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    Download MacFUSE and NTFS-3G and then install them. Plug in your drive and if it doesn't appear, plug it into a Windows computer and securely eject.

    Then everything should be fine.
     
  4. vandozza macrumors 6502a

    vandozza

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    #4
    ^ this works.

    if you don't have a windows pc, you can even use VMWare fusion to mount the drive and securely eject. (the drive won't be mountable by NTFS-3G if it wasn't ejected properly on last use.)
     

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