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Hard drive read only access with Mac

I bought new 1 TB WD My Passport and format it with NTFS on windows XP. and now when I connect it on mac, I see the drive but I cant add files to it.

what is the issue?



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the default NTFS driver that comes with OS X is read only. You will need to purchase a NTFS driver in order to write to the drive.

  • I am not particularly interested in any file format I want to take back up from my two MacBooks and one Windows. When I buy this external disk, it says, format first to use it on mac. how I can use it for both? probably now, instead of re-format it again may be I will try to get NTFS driver for mac
    – shebelaw
    Commented Nov 15, 2012 at 16:47
  • Use Fat32 instead of NTFS and both should be able to write to it.
    – Jason
    Commented Nov 15, 2012 at 17:04

Try installing the latest release of OSXFUSE - check their wiki page for more information on using NTFS-3G.

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