Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Problem moving/copying file to external hard drive

I want to copy and/or move a file from my desktop to external hard drive but I can't copy and paste the file to an external drive.
Is there another way to move files?

 My guess is the external HD is formatted as NTFS which is a PC format. OS X can read a NTFS drive and copy data on it to your iMac but it cannot write to NTFS. If the drive is going to be only used with a Mac then it needs to be reformatted in Mac OS Extended )Journaled).

This is simple to do and is explained in: If you are going to share the external HD with PCs and Macs you can still do this. Here is a MacWorld article that explains how: _mac_and_a_pc.html

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