Can't copy to external hard drive

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 samata -
Hello,
I have just bought a 100g external hard drive. Bare with me as I am a novice.

Hard drive advertised as being able to use on both Mac and PC. I have both - Windows XP and a mac OSX.

My PC doesn't recognise the HD at all. Mac does but when I try to drag files on I get message "... cannot be moved because... cannot be modified"

Can anyone help?

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1. Thankyou

2. How do I format on a mac? (never done it on mac before)

3. Once formatted, will I be able to use the HD on my PC as well?
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To anyone Needing Help with external HDD with a Mac.

Follow these Steps:
1) Open Finder
2) Click Applications
3) Press, u on Keyboard. If Utilities is Highlighted Click it, if its not highlighted Find it and then
click it.
4) Click "Disk Utility.app"

Disk Utility.app is the App to use for Creating, Restoring, Raiding, Erasing & Partitioning either your internal HDD or External HDD
I am still having Problems.....
when I try to erase, it says
Disk Erase failed with the error:

Could not unmount disk

Please help
thank you to Msk7 for giving help .. =)
doesn't work
not working
would macfuse erase what is already on my external hard drive?
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The drive is formatted for Windows using NTFS. OS X can read from an
NTFS volume but can not write to it.

Re-format the drive if you want to write files to it.
You can use MACFUSE to be able to read and write to NTFS formatted drives.
ok, just to clarify, if I use macfuse on my external hard drive that is already close to full with data, it will not delete or corrupt that data?
It'll ask you to stop whining!