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Question: External Hard drive is ready only?

I just switched over from Windows, I haven’t external hard drive that has all my music and photos, everything. I am trying to save stuff from my Mac but it is saying that it is read only. Is there anyway that I can make it save/read/ write without erasing everything?

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Feb 26, 2018 9:25 AM in response to Lor_raine88 In response to Lor_raine88

If it is formatted as NTFS that could be the reason it is read only.


You have two alternatives either reformat to the file system native to macOS, HFS+, or buy third party software to allow the Mac to write to NTFS.


The reformat will require that any data you do not wish to lose will have to be copied somewhere else for the reformat.


Personal I recommend you reformat it.

Feb 26, 2018 9:25 AM

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