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  1. #1

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    Dec 08, 2010
    Access and permission problems for newbie
    OK, I just switched to mac and wanted to transfer a video file from desktop to a WD drive. It said I only have read privileges. I followed the help guide and "get info" etc. The Help guide suggested that there is a "lock" icon I can click on so that I can adjust permissions on this drive but there is no such icon that I can see. It means I cant even access my own drive to transfer a file this a problem because the drive was formatted on a PC? How can I access this drive?? There is no lock icon!! Any ideas?

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    Oct 01, 2007
    27" iMac i7 (2011) 10.11, Mac Mini i5 (2014), iPhone6s, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2, New AppleTV (4?)
    It's likely formatted as NTFS which, natively, is only read-only in OSX.

    There are various ways to solve the problem (a search on these very forums will turn up many and give more info on the pros and cons of each) but here are a few:
    1. NTFS Mounter
    2. PARAGON Software Group - NTFS for Mac, communication channel between Mac OS X and Windows
    3. iKreativ | Enable NTFS Read/Write Support OS X
    4. NTFS-3G for Mac OS X
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

    Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - bottom left of this post

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Dec 08, 2010
    thanks. the NTFS 3G worked perfectly. Many thanks!!!

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