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How to i reformat a lacie 500gig external hdd

My hdd was formatted for windows NT. when i plug it into my mac OS, it won't let me drag files onto the drive. i get a message saying the drive is locked and i'm not able to drag files on it from my mac.

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The Mac OS can't natively write to NTFS (it can write to FAT32 however). But if you install MacFuse followed by NTFS 3-G on OS X then you'll be able to write to your NTFS drive.

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If you want to save it anyhow, just drag-and drop whatever's on the Lacie (before formatting) to your desktop (maybe in a new folder if you'd like).

Then format the LaCie for the Mac (with journaling is best) and once done, you can drag the stuff you put on the desktop back onto the hard drive.

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The MAC is not recognizing HDD because it may not be in FAT or MAC OS X Journeled Format.
Please Follow below steps to Reformat the HDD to make it Compatible with MAC.

1. Connect the HDD.
2. Open Disk Utility from Applications -> Utilities
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If it is formatted on a PC then it might be NTFS and android will not recognise NTFS. You might have to plug it back into the pc and change the format system by reformatting the external HDD in FAT32 or exFAT.
To format the HDD (Hard disk drive) plug it into windows and when it appears on the screen (This Pc or My Computer screen) next to your C: drive, right click the HDD and select format and when the format window opens select the "File system" drop down menu and change it from NTFS. Then format it and plug it into your tablet to test it.

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Hallo, I have a LaCie Grand 1 TP external harddrive. I cant work in mine hard drive. I cant throw anything away i cant rename documents or put new ones on it. Some background info A few months...


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you may face this issue because of differences between mac and windows file systems/partition table and security attributes that may disallow any further changes.

1-try to connect you HDD to a windows Computer and Backup all your files before loses any data(use more newer version of windows like windows 10 build 1709 windows XP is old/out of services and has many problems)
2-after a full backup in windows try to connect your HDD to your mac and format it via your MacBook
3- after formatting your HDD try to reconnect your HDD to windows and copy your files to HDD(windows has a compatible file systems that could read/allow/write mac file systems/partition and its attributes)

4-enjoy

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Thank you for asking your question with FixYa Support.

I am not sure what type of computer you have that your LaCie is connected to, but first and foremost, make sure the external hard drive has been properly formatted to work with the operating system your computer has.
For Windows computers: the LaCie should be formatted in either FAT32 or NTFS (recommended- more secure).
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For Mac computers: the LaCie should be formatted in Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format.
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If your LaCie is already formatted, then the best way to import your entire iTunes library from the internal hard drive of your computer into the LaCie, especially if you are unable to drag and drop the library into you LaCie, is to try a simple copy and pasting of the ENTIRE iTunes folder from its home on your computer to the LaCie hard drive.

You can also use the website I like to reference which provides some good alternatives to effectively migrating your iTunes Library from a PC or Mac to your external hard drive:

Here is that support link:
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(also included in this article, are external hard drives)

For sake of space, I want you to review this article, because I not only agree with its content, it is exactly what I would explain to you as well in a more condensed, easy to follow fashion.

I hope I have helped guide you well on your question.

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