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Read only drive

When I plug my 250 GB Freeagent drive into my MacBook Pro laptop it shows up as an external harddrive but won't let me put files onto it or take files off of it as it's listed as a "Read Only Device". How can I fix this?

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Fixed it by partitioning the Drive and formatting the Partition to Mac

Posted on Mar 01, 2008

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