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External hard drives NTFS not mounting on Mac

Every time I try to plug in an external hard drive with NTFS I get this: NTFS-3G could not mount /dev/disk2s1 at /Volumes/Photo [re]drive because the following problem occurred: /Library/Filesystems/fusefs.fs/Support/fusefs.kext failed to load - (libkern/kext) link error; check the system/kernel logs for errors or try kextutil(8). the MacFUSE file system is not available (71) How do I fix it? These drives used to work on my Mac but not anymore.

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  • Rick Trees Jan 25, 2013

    To provide more details: The NTFS drives used to work on my iMac and one day it stopped working. The drive itself still works. I can plug it into a windows machine and I can plug it into other mac machines and it works fine. I also have had the same pop up issue when I plugged in a brand new 3 TB Toshiba hard drive.

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Reload the NTFS driver that came with the HD. If that driver is corrupt, the disc will mount but you will be able to exchange files.

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SOURCE: Suddenly, my 500GB Seagate external hard drive couldn't mount on my iMac. It was working fine till yesterday. I connected them to the Mac USD port, and the light in the seagate is blinking... Any

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I would try to uninstall the drive on the OS. Then re-start the computer. After the re-start, connect the drive and see if the drive re-installs itself.

If the error persists, then the drive is indicating failure. To absolutely verify if it has failed, take the drive to a store where there are MAC computers and try the drive on one of their computers to see if it works.

A continuous flashing LED on most devices where the LED does not normally continuously flash is an indication of a failure of the device. Some devices will flash an error code when designed to do so, and if possible.

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