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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?

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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?


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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.

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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


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