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Can't transfer files from Mac to external hard drive

by djsamridh / November 18, 2010 1:19 PM PST

Hey guys, I just needed some urgent help.

My friend wanted some files to be transferred to his external hard drive from my Mac. As he is a Windows user, I guess his hard drive is formatted for Windows as well. As I plug in the hard disk in my Mac, I can't transfer the files. It says something like "the disk cannot be modified".

So, please help me on how can I transfer this files from my Mac and if I do format it to work with the Mac, will it work for Windows later?

Please help!


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Sounds like
by Jimmy Greystone / November 18, 2010 9:19 PM PST

Sounds like the drive is formatted as NTFS, which OS X only has read-only support for by default. So you can either buy a third party program to add this support, format the drive as FAT32, or take your chances with ntfs-3g.

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Paragon NTFS for Mac
by sturner--2008 / November 19, 2010 5:34 AM PST
In reply to: Sounds like

Works if you want to spend to get it. Otherwise you should either burn the files to CD/DVD, a thumb drive, or find a website (FTP works) that you can use as a transfer point.

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