How do I set my external HD to Read & Write?

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  1. Zidane

    Zidane OT Supporter

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    My external HD just came in today and it's automatically set to read only, how do I change it to read & write?
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  2. RandomGuy187

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    I think your problem is its formatted in NTFS. I believe OSX can only read from NTFS, so you have to format it in mac format (dont remember what its called, I've only had a mac for ~3 weeks).
     
  3. Zidane

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    Got it :), reformatted using the Disk Utility
     
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    Pretty sure the format to use is Fat32
     
  5. DouggieJ

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    No, format with HFS+ (Journaled) if you intend to use it only with your Mac.
     
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    Aznpho Not Currently in Use

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    ahh thats true..

    i have 3, one is fat32, one is NTFS and the other is the HFS+.. i get them all mixed up!
     
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    MacFUSE. Download that shit.
     
  8. DouggieJ

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    Yes, you can get read/write support with that using NTFS, but if you're just using it for the Mac, it's better to make the drive HFS+ since that's the native OS X format.
     
  9. Zidane

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    I got another question how do I make it show how many gigs are left under the HD's name? Like 256 of 930 or something like that.
     
  10. DouggieJ

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    I don't think you can do that (?), just use Get Info in the Finder.
     
  11. alverino03

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    Click on the desktop. Press Command J. Select "Show item info"
     

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