3 Replies Latest reply: May 16, 2011 10:01 AM by eww
Jprescottjr Level 1 Level 1

Hi I am using VM Ware fusion to do some processing for work that requires windows.  The problem I am having is that I cannot get the windows install to recognize the portable hard drive that i am using to do the work on. Wehn I share the hard drive it says i dont have permission to wriet to the hard drive. Anyone know how I can get this to work?



  • eww Level 9 Level 9

    If the external drive is formatted NTFS, you won't be able to write to it from Mac OS X (which is actually running your machine, even when you have Windows running in VMWare) unless you install NTFS-3G or Tuxera NTFS on the Mac.


    If you were running Windows via Boot Camp, you'd be able to write to an NTFS disk without any fuss.

  • Jprescottjr Level 1 Level 1

    Does it just run in he back ground or does it reformatt the harddrive?

  • eww Level 9 Level 9

    Assuming you're asking about NTFS-3G and Tuxera NTFS, they are drivers (one freeware, the other commercial and more polished) that enable writing to NTFS drives without reformatting. Once installed, they're invisible to the user.