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Can't modify portable HD on Macs

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Taavi, Sep 25, 2008.

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  1. Taavi

    Taavi Thread Starter

    Sep 17, 2008
    Hey there.
    I have a portable hard drive, that I can modify and add files to just fine on my PC. But on Macs, it's read only. Any ideas why?
  2. Specsnow


    Oct 1, 2006
    Hi there,

    Your hard drive must be formatted with NTFS from Windows. This is not a problem necessarily, it will just take a few minutes to get Mac OSX to be able to write to it (only 10.4.3 and above). There is a program called NTFS-3g. It has been ported to the Mac, and works great. I have tried it myself.


    There is the link. Check it out. If you need help installing it, just ask here.

    Also, if you do not feel like going through the trouble, you can always reformat the drive with FAT32 instead, which will wipe all the data on it. But Windows and Mac can both read/write to FAT32 with no problems or modifications.

    Hope this helps.
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