USB Hard Drive Permissions Problem?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by DrTorque, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. DrTorque macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2011

    I wanted to move some files from my notebook to my windows desktop. So I plugged in a friend's external USB Hard drive (Seagate 1 TB, NTFS formatted). And I'm unable to write anything to the disk, the pointer turns into a prohibition symbol when I try to drag and drop files onto the disk. I am running 10.6.8 on a 15" early 2011 macbook pro. I have MacFuse installed. Disk Utility says my write status is Read/Write, but get info says I have only Read permission, and I'm not able to change that. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Damo01 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2010
    Mac OS X can't read and write natively without installing some third party that enable Mac OS X to read and write like NTFS -3G or paragon .
  3. DrTorque thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2011
    Yes, I am aware of that - and I have MacFuse installed. And writing to NTFS volumes is supposed to be one of its capabilities, I reckon.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Make sure you're running the appropriate software for the OS you're running (64-bit vs 32-bit).

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.
  5. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    On an unrelated note, I saw this and my desire to get it was completely gone:
    Screen shot 2011-12-31 at 3.23.01 AM.png

    People still use Comic Sans...?
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yeah, I make all my software buying decisions based solely on the fonts used in their advertising! :D
  7. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    MacFuse does not enable NTFS writing, it is a requirement in order to use NTFS-3G. Make sure both are installed.


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