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    shoelessone's Avatar
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    Jul 06, 2007
    Unhappy MOUNTing NTFS harddrive in OSX 10.4.1
    So, from what I understand OSX cannot WRITE to a NTFS file system, however it can read nativly in 10.4 and up.

    Now, when I plug a NTFS drive into my USB 2.0 port, the drive does not show up on my desktop. I checked the "about my mac" menu and it shows up under the USB menu as a drive, with the proper size, etc, and it says it's working.

    Am I doing something wrong?

    I can't find the drive anywhere!

    Thanks for any help!

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    coach_z's Avatar
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    Jul 23, 2004
    North NJ
    i dont have no mac's
    applications>utilities>disk utility
    from there select, mount drive
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    shoelessone's Avatar
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    Jul 06, 2007
    Quote Originally Posted by coach_z View Post
    applications>utilities>disk utility
    from there select, mount drive
    sweet, well, thanks for the tip, BUT

    Although the drive showed up like it should (name, size, etc), when I clicked mount it said "disk 2g1s could not be mounted, run first aide and try again"

    Except all of the "first aide" options are unavaiable and I don't want to loose the data on the rive...

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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!
    There will not be any first aid options with an NTFS drive since it can not write to NTFS. Does the drive have a Volume Name? Seen that cause issues a few times where there was no name.

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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
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    DTravis is probably right - but if that's not the case, try running a CHKDSK on it from a Windows machine.

    Attach the drive to a Windows box. Click Start => Run, type: CMD => hit Enter.

    This will bring up a command prompt. Type:

    CHKDSK C: /R

    Substitute C: for the drive letter that the drive uses (probably E: or F:, check My Computer to verify). After it's done, try reattaching to the Mac.
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    If you are just trying to copy files off of the drive, perhaps you should use your PC as an intermediary. Plug the drive back in on your PC and then enable Windows sharing on your Mac. From the PC, use the Neighborhood Network trash to gain visibility to your Mac.

    Now your PC can see both the drive and the Mac and you can just copy stuff over. This assumes both the PC and the Mac are both connected to your router at the same time, but most internet routers have four ports minimum, so hopefully this should be possible.
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