Mac Hardware forum

General discussion

Copying to External Hard Drive

by Bushlander / September 9, 2013 4:44 PM PDT

I've recently downloaded some mp4 files and have successfully copied them to my EHD so that I can watch them on TV. My Mac had to be re-set (unplug the power cord) because my keyboard and mouse weren't working and ever since then I haven't been able to copy my mp4 files to my EHD. Would it have something to do with the computer being re-set? When I go to copy the file to my EHD I get the "circle with the line through it" and it doesn't recognise or open up my EHD so I can copy to it. Any ideas anybody?

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Copying to External Hard Drive
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Copying to External Hard Drive
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
What is the format of your EHD?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 10, 2013 8:25 AM PDT

Sounds suspiciously like it is formatted at NTFS (Windows) but given that you successfully copied files to it, it shouldn't be the problem.

With the EHD plugged into the Mac and with it mounted on the desktop, reboot the Mac.

Try to copy stuff to it.

Any error messages?


P

Collapse -
EHD is in NTFS Format
by Bushlander / September 10, 2013 4:06 PM PDT

Yes, the EHD is in NTFS format, but I have installed Paragon NTFS for Mac.

I rebooted the computer and tried to copy the files over - they copied, but not into the main part of the drive (if that makes sense). The mp4 icons are showing in the grey menu bar at the top of the EHD. I plugged the EHD into the TV and they're not showing up.

The only thing that I've done differently in the past few weeks is unplug the power cord. Don't know why the files aren't copying over. They won't copy to another EHD either or to a blank DVD.

Collapse -
The TV reads NTFS formatted hard drives?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 10, 2013 10:01 PM PDT
In reply to: EHD is in NTFS Format

Unusual, they usually only read FAT or FAT32

If you have all the stuff backed up, you may want to reformat one of the drives and start again


P

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 51,224 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,453 discussions
icon
Laptops 20,090 discussions
icon
Security 30,722 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,937 discussions
icon
Windows 10 1,295 discussions
icon
Phones 16,252 discussions
icon
Windows 7 7,684 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 15,215 discussions

SEEING COLORS?

What do the color stripes mean on your tires?

Brian Cooley tells you why you might see various color lines on the wheels of your automobile.