Solving “Read Only” External Drive Problems on your Mac

People are not just fond of window-based machines these days, they also use Mac machines. Even though there are no compatibility issues nowadays between Macs and PCs, or Macs and third-party peripherals, but is one area that may still leave many of us confused. This article will explain to you how to fix external hard drive problems when it flashes the “ Read Only” error while using it.

There can be several causes, but the main cause is due to the filing system the storage device is formatted in. Once you give a closer look deep down, you will notice that the drive is formatted in the Windows NT file system. As the name suggests, NTFS is optimized for windows only. It organizes the data on the drive for a Windows system. Now, even though the Mac machine is able to read it as it has the capability to rearrange the data as it is reading it, but the NTFS is not being able to write it as it is Windows based. Therefore, you can read it but not write.

Most USB and storage devices come pre-formatted in NTFS as most people are using them on PCs. However, making your storage device Mac compatible, and even cross-compatible with Macs and PCs, is as simple as reformatting the drive.

Let us look into how will you be able to solve the “Read Only” disk error.

Like discussed earlier, you will have to format your storage device. You not only have to be cautious while doing this but also have to make sure to copy all the files as once formatted all the data will be erased. It is an easy step but the task may take some extra time depending on the size and usage of your storage device. However, you cannot proceed to the next step without performing this step.

The disk utility option in Mac machines equips you to reformat your hard drive. On the left side inside of disk utility option, you will find various hard drives that are connected. You will find that each hard drive is shown with the partitions, choose the drive that you want to reformat and erase the drive by selecting the erase option.

Once done, you will find two fields, one that will ask you to choose the file system format and the other that will ask you to name the new partition you are about to create. Since you are going to use it on Mac machines, you should select the Mac OS options. But If you wish to create a partition that is cross-compatible with Mac computers as well as PCs, you can select either the MS-DOS Fils System format or the exFAT format. After that you can assign any name you like and hit erase, the drive will be reformatted in a cross-compatible filing system. In order to be sure, you can click on the drive and select get info to see that the permissions are set to read and write.

Follow these steps to easily use your external hard drive on Mac machines, NTFS system format is great but it can be only used on Windows-based machines. Nevertheless, this tutorial will help you easily fix the problem by reformatting your drive to a fully Mac OS compatible format