Question about ownership rights?

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  1. evh

    evh Active Member

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    I had an external harddrive that I was using with my windows machine....

    Now that I've transitioned to the mac, when I plug in the drive and access it, it says I only have read permissions. I can't delete or write to the drive.

    How can I fix this? I need to be able to use the drive fully.. It's a USB external drive btw.

    Would appreciate help, thanks.
     
  2. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    log back in with your windows machine and allow anyone read/write access.
     
  3. evh

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    Ah.. alright nice, thanks!
     
  4. Rev. Johnny Vegas

    Rev. Johnny Vegas Rectal Ventriloquist

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    You should just need to go into Terminal, find files you're interested in and change the mode on the files and directories. If you're lazy, just set the permissions to 766 or 777 across the board. Your user account should need root permissions though since you're probably not the owner.
     
  5. evh

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    i get this:

    ians-ibook-g4:~ ian$ sudo chmod 777 "/volumes/external disk"
    Password:
    chmod: /volumes/external disk: Read-only file system

    The harddrive is an NTFS... so I dunno... is it possible to do this?
     
  6. evh

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    Well, after much research, I've come to the conclusion that I in fact can't write to an NTFS formatted drive no matter what I do.

    So, I guess I'll have to backup the 107 gb worth of data, format the external drive to FAT32 and then copy the data back...

    This'll take a while lol...
     
  7. colosodian

    colosodian Next Gen

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    mac cant write to ntfs. You can use fat32 if you want to share the drive in between the two computers. Good luck formatting the drive to one big fat32, it takes a bit of work.
     
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    Well, as has already been posted, the key was that it was NTFS. :hs:
     
  9. evh

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    Really? Disk Utility won't take care of it for me?
     

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