External HD help

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  1. t0tz

    t0tz New Member

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    hey guys, just got a quick dilema here...

    I have a external SATA HD that i had with my desktop with my old files in it. Its plug and play with any PC or mac and i can access the files fine. I can read files but it wont let me write. I cant delete or write new media on it. Any suggestions on what might be causing this? It might be simple but ive looked in the preferences and call me stupid but i just cant see how to change this option.

    any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. xenon supra

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    your drive is probably in ntfs.

    macs can only read this format, not read/write.

    the only format that macs and PCs can both read is FAT32 (MS-DOS), but the problem w that is the max size of a file can only be like 4.5 gig or so.

    if you use the drive on both then thats your only choice, or if you want, you can reformat the drive in HFS (mac os extended). and then only the mac can read it (or can it? you can download a program called "macdrive" on your PC which will allow it to read HFS formatted drives)...thats what i do with my external.

    hope this helps :bigok:
     
  3. t0tz

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    but id loose all data pretty much right? damn...

    but i also dont use the PC anymore. i had this external HD when i still had it and now i strictly just use the mac.
     
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    Oh snapzorz, now i know why the NIN - Closer dvd wouldn't write to my external hd
     
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