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Crossfire 160gb external hard drive.

i have ibook and just connected up my external hard drive, however although recognized it fails to allow me to drag and drop files in it says unable to as crossfire cannot be modified, please can you help?
thanks  aileen

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  • paulross Jan 29, 2008


    thanks for getting back to me, i have checked the properties and it says that it was formated in windows NT? what does this mean plus what is FAT32? sorry for my stupidity not to cleaver with computers! 




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If the drive was formatted in a newer windows OS and it is the NTFS file system, the Mac OS will only have read access. You can check this by plugging it in and checking the properties. To solve this you can copy your stuff off and reformat in the FAT32 format, you will only lose the security features that NTFS offers.

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    Jon White Jan 29, 2008

    NTFS and FAT32 are both file systems. The big difference between the two is that NTFS allows permissions. For example, if you are running XP, when you make accounts they cannot access other users files due to the NTFS file system. On an older system, like Windows 98 that used FAT32, everyone could read everyone elses files.
    MacOS can only read a NTFS file system (NTFS was made by Microsoft). MacOS however can read and write to a FAT32.
    So what you need to do, plug your harddrive into another PC and copy *everything* off of the drive. Once that is done, if you right-click and choose "Format..." one of the top options is the File system, change that to FAT32 (you will see FAT16, ignore that one), click on "quick Format" and then Ok. **It is very important that you have taken everything off of this, since this will erase all the data on it. **
    Once it is done formatting you can copy all of your items back on the drive. Your MacOS will not be able to write to it also.



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