Problems with external HD

willyhunt

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Original poster
Dec 31, 2004
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Exeter, UK
Okay, Hi just got my Mac Mini today (not a bad piece of kit). Anway my problem is my external USB HD. It has all my junk on it so to speak and while I can transfer data from it to the Mac it wont allow me to delete or add anything to it. Now I have just come from Windows and the HD is formatted as NTFS (If this means anything?) Also I clicked the properties and it says I can read and write and I have unlocked it but it still wont work.
So how would I go about being able to write and delete stuff on it?
Sorry if I am being thick. Cheers.
 

Blue Velvet

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Jul 4, 2004
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Your Mac will only read from NTFS-formatted disks, not write to it.

You need to copy everything off that disk, erase & reformat it to OS X journaled using Disk Utility and then copy everything back.

Disk Utility is in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder.
 

willyhunt

macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 31, 2004
57
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Exeter, UK
I was hoping you would'nt say that but thanks.

Blue Velvet said:
You need to copy everything off that disk, erase & reformat it to OS X journaled using Disk Utility and then copy everything back.
 

chrisa107

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Feb 14, 2005
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If you have Partition Magic or some similiar program for windows, you can format the drive to FAT32 without losing any data - I did that for my former NTFS external drive, and now it works perfectly with both OSX and Windows as a FAT32 drive.
 
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