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I have an external WD My Passport hard drive but Pages says it cannot create a file when I try to save a document on the external hard drive. Is it because the file format is not compatible with Imac? Can I change the format to work with IMAC?

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HI there connect your drive and click on spotlight search and look for disk utility see what format your drive is if it is from windows machine it will be NTFS so you cannot write on it only read but if you want to use the drive only on mac and there is no important data on it you can format it to EXFAT so can be used on both mac and pc if you cannot format it now so you can download Paragon NTFS for Mac and easy you can read and write in mac as well as PC windows.
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Apple Pages has a few bugs like this. There is a work around.

  1. Save to Desktop or Documents folder on the System Drive
  2. In Finder, move the file to your external drive.
  3. Now when you open the file from your external any saves will continue to go to your external drive.
It's a bit of a pain but works for now.
All the best

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i hope this helps!

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