unusable external hard drive

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  1. cheekybobcat macrumors 6502a

    cheekybobcat

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    I have a 250GB SimpleTech external hard drive. However, I am unable to add or remove items to or from the hard drive. Whenever I drag files into the hard drive, it has the circle with a diagonal line in it and says "The item "_____" could no be moved because "SimpleDrive" cannot be modified. I have used this hard drive before but on Windows.
    *Note* I DO NOT have the installer disc for the hard drive anymore.

    Can someone help me make my hard drive usable?

    UPDATE: When I looked at the SimpleDrive Info, it says Format: Windows NT File System (NTFS). Also, under Sharing & Permissions, it says "You can only read"
     
  2. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    OS X can read NTFS but it cannot write to it,go into disk utility & format it HFS+ ( Mac extended (journaled) ). This will probably erase it contents so i would back up first
     
  3. cheekybobcat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. cheekybobcat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    nevermind...i got it. thanks. worked like a charm :)
     

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