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    Permissions on External Hard Drive
    I have an external HD from western Digital that I used to use with my PC. Lately I have noticed I only have "Read only" Permissions. I can't delete anything from this drive. How do I change this?

    Thanks in advance!
    Jeremy


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    Permissions on External Hard Drive

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    If it is NTFS formated you can only "read" in Mac OS,if it is FAT32 you can read and write but there is a 4 GB limit on the file size.So if you want to use the disk on both Mac and PC you should
    a) format it as FAT32
    b)use Macdrive
    http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive6/
    on your PC so you can have access to Mac formated disks
    c)use NTFS-3G
    http://www.ntfs-3g.org/
    on your Mac so you can have access to NTFS formated disks

    I'm not an expert but i hope i pointed you to the right direction.

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    What if I only have the MAc now and dont care about accessing it from a PC anymore? Would I do the same thing or go a different route?
    Jeremy


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    MacHeadCase
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    If you only want Macs to read the external from now on, it's best you reformat in HFS+. You can use Apple's Disk Utility to reformat it. It should be located in your Utilities folder.

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    I dont see an option in the system utility to reformat or to format the drive so I just hit erase.

    Is there another method to make sure I can read and write from my mac?
    Jeremy


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    Permissions on External Hard Drive
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    Specs:
    MBP 2.4/2GB/200HD/256 8600gt
    when your in disk utility, you have to click on the "enclosure" that is above the disk in the left side.

    there will be a partition tab to the right once you select the enclosure, not the actual parition
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