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Hey all, i recently bought a 160GB external Hard Drive which was on special... Neways it says it works on both PCs and Macs, i can copy files from pc on Hard Drive, but get an error when trying to copy something onto HD whilst connected to mac = 'the item blah blah could not be moved because 'HD' cannot be modified. The info on the mac reads the ex. HD as a read only device!!!!
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Sounds like it might be formatted as NTFS - Macs can't write to NTFS partitions.

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Yup, sounds like the format. Use disk utility to format it as FAT32 (backup you data first!!).


FAT32 Format - Read / Write from Windows or OS X

NTFS Format - Read / Write from Windows, Read Only for OS X

HFS / HFS+ Format - Read / Write from OS X, Windows can't even see HFS!!

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Thanks both of you for your support, although i am new 2 macs and absoutely love them...
I still have a lack of knowledge of how to change the format to FAT32..
Its prob easy but dont want to do anything wrong... lol
I have cleared the HD completly and backed up everything!!!
Thanks again
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