Can't copy to external hard drive

mel - Jun 11, 2009 at 04:55 AM
 samata - Jan 1, 2015 at 02:16 AM
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?

6 responses

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?
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"

Disk 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?
ni.ma68 Posts 4 Registration date Friday March 27, 2009 Status Member Last seen June 11, 2009 4
Jun 11, 2009 at 10:41 AM
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.

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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!