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Question: Can't copy or drag files to the external hard drive.

Earlier in Yosemite the files could have been copied or dragged into the hard drive. After upgrading to El Capitan, I can't do that anymore. Most of the people have suggested to re-format the hard drive, but that's not the solution. It will still not allow to copy or drag files into the hard drive.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X El Capitan (10.11)

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Hello

Same problem I faced it today when I tried to connect my 1TB WD E external disc to my Macbook Air 2013. (it was working fine with Yosemite)


What I did is very simple, now everything is ok and works fine.


here is the guidelines for you.


Make sure your Drive is disconnected from your mac


01. Visit this site http://www64.zippyshare.com/v/2gXV0C1e/file.html


02. click the Download button at the top right of the screen, now you have the 12.9 MB dmg file in your mac.


03. There is a read me file when you open the setup file, just open it and copy the serial key


04. Now follow the instructions and install it (MAKE SURE YOU ARE OFFLINE WHEN PASTE THE KEY AND CLICK CONTINUE)


05. Restart your mac


06. Connect your hard disk to the mac... YOUR PROBLEM SOLVED


🙂 🙂 🙂

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Jul 21, 2016 7:55 AM in response to littledinasaurus In response to littledinasaurus

This link does not work unfortunately. But I found a free Paragon driver on Cnet http://download.cnet.com/Paragon-NTFS-for-Mac-(Yosemite)/3000-2122_4-76169564.ht ml.

It seems to be official version and free, which is surprising for Paragon, but nevertheless it solved my problem, so I am happy now

Found it on their website: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac-yosemite/download.html


But I have El Capitan, and this version http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/ works just fine for me, downloaded and installed the trial, easy as f**k 😁

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Oct 5, 2015 3:34 AM in response to aRKay In response to aRKay

aRKay: Restarting would have been a good idea if the problem had occurred at the time of installation, but that's a couple of days ago so the machine mas ben restarted several times.


However, I managed to solve my problem. (Don't know if this solution will help Deep1917.)


It turned out that my external drive is NTFS formatted. OSX can read such disks but not write to them. For full NTFS compatibility you need the Paragon driver for Mac. I had this already, but it needed an update. Cost: $13 something. Things now work.


Åke

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Oct 5, 2015 9:59 PM in response to Deep1917 In response to Deep1917

I have a Seagate drive and managed to install the Paragon driver for free through the Seagate website. It says you need to pay a fee for other branded drives but I'm sure they would have similar support on their websites.

Can now copy to my drive as previously in Yosemite. Thank God!!!!!!!

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Oct 5, 2015 2:29 AM in response to Deep1917 In response to Deep1917

Connected a laCie external USB hard disk to the iMac today. Am not allowed to copy files onto the external drive. "Info" says "read only" and I can't find anywhere to change this. Looked up the external in Disk Tools, and it says "owner" is "inactivated".

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Oct 5, 2015 3:34 AM in response to aRKay In response to aRKay

aRKay: Restarting would have been a good idea if the problem had occurred at the time of installation, but that's a couple of days ago so the machine mas ben restarted several times.


However, I managed to solve my problem. (Don't know if this solution will help Deep1917.)


It turned out that my external drive is NTFS formatted. OSX can read such disks but not write to them. For full NTFS compatibility you need the Paragon driver for Mac. I had this already, but it needed an update. Cost: $13 something. Things now work.


Åke

Oct 5, 2015 3:34 AM

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Oct 5, 2015 9:59 PM in response to Deep1917 In response to Deep1917

I have a Seagate drive and managed to install the Paragon driver for free through the Seagate website. It says you need to pay a fee for other branded drives but I'm sure they would have similar support on their websites.

Can now copy to my drive as previously in Yosemite. Thank God!!!!!!!

Oct 5, 2015 9:59 PM

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Oct 13, 2015 3:11 AM in response to Deep1917 In response to Deep1917

Hello

Same problem I faced it today when I tried to connect my 1TB WD E external disc to my Macbook Air 2013. (it was working fine with Yosemite)


What I did is very simple, now everything is ok and works fine.


here is the guidelines for you.


Make sure your Drive is disconnected from your mac


01. Visit this site http://www64.zippyshare.com/v/2gXV0C1e/file.html


02. click the Download button at the top right of the screen, now you have the 12.9 MB dmg file in your mac.


03. There is a read me file when you open the setup file, just open it and copy the serial key


04. Now follow the instructions and install it (MAKE SURE YOU ARE OFFLINE WHEN PASTE THE KEY AND CLICK CONTINUE)


05. Restart your mac


06. Connect your hard disk to the mac... YOUR PROBLEM SOLVED


🙂 🙂 🙂

Oct 13, 2015 3:11 AM

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Nov 11, 2015 2:15 PM in response to Deep1917 In response to Deep1917

None of the suggestions have worked for me. I have a Seagate drive which I had formatted to HFS+ when I first got it. Since upgrading to El Capitan, I can no longer write to the drive. I cannot change the permissions on the drive either. I've tried installing the Seagate Paragon app, but it made no difference--which makes sense as my drive is formatted hfs. If anyone has any other ideas, I would love to hear them.


My advice...don't upgrade to El Capitan unless you are fine with losing a perfectly good backup drive. Boo, Apple!

Nov 11, 2015 2:15 PM

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