Unable to write to external USB drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jburrows500, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. jburrows500 macrumors regular

    jburrows500

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    #1
    Probably a simple solution here that I am just missing...

    I plugged my usb drive that has my stuff from my old windows machine into my mac pro and I can read and transfer my files to my internal HD's, but I can not write to it. The usb when plugged in was named back up.. maybe I did, but I dont remember ever labeling it Backup? The error message I get is "items can not be moved because backup can not be modified". I right clicked on the drive to change permission settings but couldnt find anything like that... your help is much appreciated.
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Most likely, the drive is formatted in NTFS. You cannot natively write to NTFS in OS X without special software. You can try the special software (MacFUSE or Paragon) if you please; it may or may not be mature enough for your needs at this time.
     
  3. scienide09 macrumors 65816

    scienide09

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    Alternatively, if you still have free space on the external, use Disk Utility to create a partition and reformat the partition to a Mac-writable file system.
     

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