External Hard Drives (questions, problems, discussions)

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  1. eugene3ph

    eugene3ph Member

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    i have a maxtor 250 onetouch II external hardrive that i've use before with window. last june ive purchase my first brand new macbook. i tried transfering file from my macbook to my maxtor and it wont allow me to do so. i keep on getting a message that my "maxtor' cannot be modified. plus i tried deleting files sending it my maxtor to trash (osx) and i get message that i don't have sufficient privileges. any tips?

    thanks in advance.....
    eugene
     
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  2. AthanWylde

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    Re: Help with external hard drive

    ...most likely read-only lang yung maxtor mo. i think you're gonna have to reformat your drive so that both your windows machine and macbook can read it... format it as MS-DOS sa disk utility na lang...
     
  3. daxdigital

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    Re: Help with external hard drive

    Is your HDD formatted as NTFS? If it is, then that's the culprit. Macs allows reading of NTFS disks, but not write (or modifications). Check your HDD if it's formatted as such.

    Check your permissions as well.
     
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    Re: Help with external hard drive

    how do i check if my HD is NTFS in OSX. if im going to reformat it how do i do it in OSX? im also worried about my file from my Maxtor HD should i just transfer it to my macbook's HD?

    thanks again

    eugene
     
  5. daxdigital

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    Re: Help with external hard drive

    If you have a two-button mouse (like some of us) simply right click (or click-press control on keyboard for single-button users) on the drive and click Get Info. On the window you'll see the Format field specifying what type of disk volume you have.

    If it is NTFS, it will specify as "Windows NT Filesystem."

    You can copy files from an NTFS partition.

    To format, go to Applications>Utilities>Disk Utilities. You'll see your drive as a disk with the USB icon (or FireWire icon, if it's firewire). Check its Help section on how to partition your disk.

    Warning: Erase and Partition destroys the files so BACK UP! Also, If you're using the drive with a Windows PC, Select MS-DOS Filesystem. Drawback is that you can't save a file bigger than 2GB. You can format it as a MacOS Partition, but the drive will be inaccessible to a Windows PC.
     
  6. marvinp

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    Re: Help with external hard drive

    Do a Get Info (Apple-I) on the hard disk. In the General drop down, it should say NTFS as the Format. After backing up your files, you can use Disk Utility in Applications > Utilities to reformat the drive.
     
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    Re: Help with external hard drive

    I've encountered that kind of problem too
     
  8. coolpix32

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    Re: Help with external hard drive

    Hi guys! I'm posting my problem on this thread as it is a similar problem.

    I cannot write to my external HDD. The funny thing is that since I migrated from Window to Mac about seven months ago, I have been using the same external HDD. In other words, I am able to read and write on my Mac despite the formatted setting of NTFS.

    This morning as I was about to back-up a file, it won't allow it. Has anyone had a similar experience?

    Help please! :(
     
  9. Shinrai

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    Re: Help with external hard drive

    Just reinstall MacFuse to get back the functionality. You can google for it if you don't have it.
     
  10. NeilJohn

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    Re: Help with external hard drive

    To write to an NTFS formatted drive, you should have MACfuse and NTFS-3g. Both are free ware, you can just google to point you where to download. It will also allow you to format your drive in NTFS.

    Cheers.
     
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    @Shinrai & NeilJohn

    Thanks guys! It worked! Most helpful. :cool:
     
  12. matoy

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    external drive

    hi, newbie ere, Im having problem with my external hard drive. I wanted to transfer some photos and documents but it wont accept the transfer. It says that my external hard drive cannot be modified. And after looking at the info bar under sharing and permission it says that You can only read. How can i transfer file to my external drive. My external drive is just generic one and 80gb.
    Thanks
     
  13. kyapjoco

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    Re: external drive

    Quick question. What is the file system / format of the drive?
     
  14. matoy

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    the format of the drive is NTFS
     
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    @matoy: The computer that you are transferring from, is it a Mac? Any external media in NTFS format will be Read-Only for a Mac. You either need to reformat the drive into HFS+ or download software that will let NTFS be read by the Mac.
     
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    yes its a mac, how can i reformat the drive and what particular software do i need to download.
     
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    Re: external drive

    Just use the Disk Utility of your Mac.
     
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    Re: external drive

    You don't need the software to read files from the NTFS-formatted drive on your Mac.. You just need a software to write into NTFS with your Mac. :) Clarification lang po.

    And remember na mawawala ang lahat ng files sa drive mo when you reformat it.. :) A better format would be FAT so that it'll be readable and writable on both Mac and Windows systems.. :)
     
  19. matoy

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    thanks guys for the infos, now i can transfer files. One more thing, now that i've reformat to mac os extended, can i still use this drive to windows base pc?
     
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    @matoy: unfortunately, no. You need to install a software in Windows pa.. That's why FAT is the only file system of choice if you're going to read&write on an external drive on both OSes.
     

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