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    Saving A Word Doc to an external hard drive
    I recently bought a MAC and office 2011 to go with it. I'm trying to save docs to my external hard drive but it won't let me. Anyone know why?

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    Hi,

    Possibly hold down the ctrl key and click file in the menu bar you then get the (save as ) option.

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    When I do Save As, I save it as a .docx but it still won't let me save it to my hard drive.

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    How so? Do you get any error messages? What version of OS X are you trying to use?

    Without anything to go on, I'm guessing that it's because the hard drive is formatted as NTFS. Right click the external drive > Get Info. What does it say for format?
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    It does say NTSF...what does that mean? I know nothing about computers.

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    Hi,

    Your OS X NTFS driver only supports reading from NTFS partitions. If your going to share this drive with a windows machine you should format the drive with a FAT32 partition.

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    You can format it as FAT32 which will make it writeable by both OS X and Windows. However, doing so means that you have to format the drive which erases everything on it. You can follow the instructions here.

    Remember - formatting will delete everything on the drive. Back it up first (save the contents elsewhere and move it back onto the drive afterwards).
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    It works! Thanks so much :-)

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    Hi,

    Good to hear all is as you want it.

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