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    Question Mounting an external hard drive
    Hey guys, is there a comand to mount/unmount external hard drives?

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    Use the finder and mount it from there ...

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    I am trying to use my external hard disk, but for some reason the macbook is opening it as "read only"... any suggestions??

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    Is the hdd formatted in NTFS ?

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    yes it is. Is this a problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adoul90 View Post
    yes it is. Is this a problem?
    Yes ... that is the issue.

    The only way around it is the reformat it in HFS+ (mac format) or fat32 which has a 4GB file size limit or to access the drive over the network. You could do this by plugging it into a PC on the network and share it. This way you could read and write to it in NTFS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamawho View Post
    Yes ... that is the issue.

    The only way around it is the reformat it in HFS+ (mac format) or fat32 which has a 4GB file size limit or to access the drive over the network. You could do this by plugging it into a PC on the network and share it. This way you could read and write to it in NTFS.
    So i either have to format it and use only 4GB out of the 250 or i should use it over a network? can't it be used directly on mac?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adoul90 View Post
    So i either have to format it and use only 4GB out of the 250 or i should use it over a network? can't it be used directly on mac?
    Yes in HFS+ but then you will not be able to use it on a PC.
    Fat32 is the only format they both can read and write to ...

    Maybe you should just get another external hdd ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by adoul90 View Post
    So i either have to format it and use only 4GB out of the 250 ...
    No, that is not correct. FAT32 has a "file" size limit of 4GB, not a "partition" size limit of 4GB. This means individual files that are over 4GB in size cannot be stored on it. This would primarily relate to movie files, iso and dmg files for most users.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    No, that is not correct. FAT32 has a "file" size limit of 4GB, not a "partition" size limit of 4GB. This means individual files that are over 4GB in size cannot be stored on it. This would primarily relate to movie files.
    I misunderstood sorry ... yes file size limit, not the limit on the size of the hdd.

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    So there is no way whatsoever to write to an NTFS drive on the mac OSX??

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    Quote Originally Posted by adoul90 View Post
    So there is no way whatsoever to write to an NTFS drive on the mac OSX??
    Yes you need to purchase software, the name escapes me for the moment.

    Here's one ... there are others as well.

    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/

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    Hello, I am very new to a mac (three days) & have tried to mount my external hard drive as per the postings above but my iMac it refuses to mount it & the suggested remedies i.e. First Aid are not available because it is not mounted Any suggestions? Many thanks......Regards..

    Further to the above, I have answered my own question, it's in the wrong format......sorry to be a nuisance...regards......

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