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Copying data I have Mac OS X. The system recognises the HD as "Volume", rather than something like WD usb 2, or something like that. The info tells me that I have permissions for read only, and the error message on copying is that "Volume" cannot be modified. Any ideasThank you.Eric Hurner

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Re: Copying data

Click on the drive once so it highlighted. Hit the 2 keys apple and I. this will bring up a dialog box with the drives information. See if the drive is locked. Choose ownership and permission below and click on the padlock, you want read and write permissions and you will only need your system password to change this. Also check if the drive is formatted properly for Macintosh use. If there is nothing on the drive that is crucial, open DISK utility and format it for OS extended.

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What your friend did was probably formatted the disk as an NTFS disk. No, you won't be able to see it or access it.
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