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How to make the NTFS partition Read Write in Mac

You can use http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/downloads/list or http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/ to enable read write access for NTFS in mac.
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I have a Free Agent 1TB drive that was used and apparently formatted to be used only on a PC- I'm now on a MAC and want to write to disk, but it will not- if I reformat this, will it erase the information that is on the disk already?

The information on the 1TB will all be deleted since MAC has a different file type. With windows the file system is called NTFS, FAT32. and with MAS the file system is HFS and HFS+.
What the MAC system will do is to format the drive so that MAC will be able to read it. Unfortunately, all saved data will be deleted.

Hope this helps. Thank you for choosing Fixya, your recommendation is highly appreciated for the free support.

Oct 25, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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read only attribute when plugged on a mac

You can enable read write access to an NTFS partition using MacFuse a free software available in the internet.
Please go to http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/ and click on the download link and you can get the dmg version of the file.
Also you can have a more faster software here : http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/
If you are finding any troubles in installing or using this software please let me know
Best Regards NextDoorNerd

Jul 28, 2010 | Seagate FreeAgent Go 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard...

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I can't restore pc formatted external hard drive back to Mac use

You probably formatted your harddrive in NTFS. NTFS is a so called "file system", but it is designed by microsoft, it only works on microsoft systems and on some linux distributions. However it is not compatible with mac.
So what now? You can go and find software that makes your mac ntfs compatible, or you could backup the files on a windows computer, format your drive in FAT32 and copy the files back to the drive. Take a look at this: http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/ That should make your mac NTFS compatible.
good luck!

May 29, 2010 | Iomega HDD External Desktop (32660) 80 GB...

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My new maxtor unit will not booth up with my Mac. Do I need to download any software first?

i belive its formated as ntfs partition by default so you can not use it with mac directly

try this link and it will help you

Sep 29, 2009 | Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 (U01E200) 200...

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I have an 8 GB PNY Attache flash drive that can be read by a Windows XP operating system but not on a Mac OS X operating system. The problem is even more confusing because a Mac that can run both Windows and the OS X can read the flash drive when started up in a Windows environment but not when started in a Mac environment (same port used for the flash drive in both instances). Any thoughts as to why...

You may have the drive formatted in a way that the Mac cannot read. If you go to your "My Computer" in XP, find your drive, right click on it, look for something that says either NTFS or FAT32. If it's NTFS, the Mac won't read it.

You can copy files off the drive and then reformat it, also with a right-click in that My Computer menu. Format to FAT32. FAT32's major limitation will be no files over 2gb each.

There is free software out there that will -try- to read and write NTFS drives. It worked for me, but killed my brother-in-law's Mac.

Dec 05, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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