Unable to move file to external hardrive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by moneyshot, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. moneyshot macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Im trying to backup some photos and files, when I try to drag the file to my external hardrive it says the "file could not be moved because the external hardrive cannot be modified" :confused:

    Can someone please explain this or suggest an easy way to backup a few files,photos and itunes to my external hardrive...

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    Is it a new harddrive or have you used it before?

    If it's new, it might have to be reformatted.
     
  3. moneyshot thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the reply.

    The hard drive is an old one which was previously used with my pc a few years ago- I have only moved stuff to my mac from it thus far.
     
  4. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    My guess is that it was formatted only for use by PCs. You'll probably have to reformat it so it can be used with a Mac.

    If you have other files on it that you want to save, you'll have to either burn them to disc or get another hard drive.

    Anyway, here is a thread that shows exactly what you need to do and is even illustrated!

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=420556
     
  5. moneyshot thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks Ugg. :)

    I followed the easy to read instructions but it still came up with an error message.

    Nevermind, I bought a new external HD and it is working fine.

    Now after doing a clean reinstall of leopard I dont have iphoto anymore. LOL!

    Ill start a new thread to ask if anything can be done about that.

    Thanks again for taking the time to reply. :)
     

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