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    Nov 11, 2011
    Hard drives
    Hi, I am a bit of a newbie to the mac, and I am still learning a few things. I do, however, have a question. I have a 2TB external hard drive from my old windows computer that I have plugged in to my mac. It reads everything fine and I can copy stuff from it to my mac. I can not seem to write on it though. I store a lot of photos and documents on there. Is there a plug in or something that I need to do to be able to save on this again? I have looked around on the computer but have not found anything. I dont want to touch what I know nothing about either.

    I hope someone will be able to help me


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    dtravis7's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7 OS10.13 iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OS10.13 , iPad Pro 10.5", iPhone 5s,
    The drive is most likely formatted NTFS which is a proprietary windows format. OSX can read NTFS, but out of the box it can not write to NTFS.

    You have two options. Do you still use the drive with Windows? If not, if you have any way to back up the files, format the drive Mac OSX Extended Journalized and put the data back on.

    The other option is Paragon software that will allow OSX to both Read and Write to a Windows NTFS drive.

    If you can back up and reformat in Apples format, that would be the best way to go.

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    Member Since
    Nov 11, 2011
    Thank you for your reply. I still have my windows computer for now so I will give the first option a go.

    Thanks again

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
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    If you're going to remain a multi-OS user as many of us are, I'd recommend grabbing Paragon's NTFS for Mac. Handy tool when you want to direct connect instead of moving data across the network.
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    Nov 11, 2011
    No multi user mate. I have switched to mac for good. Love the iphone and ipad, and now love the mac
    Thanks for your advice

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