Lively discussions on the graphic arts and publishing — in print or on the web

Go Back   Desktop Publishing Forum > General Discussions > Hardware & Gadgets

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 09-01-2009, 11:25 PM   #1
marlene's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 1,419
Default MacBook disses FreeAgent

I bought an FreeAgent external drive for the MacBook, but it's not Mac formatted. And the Mac refuses to play with it.

It saw it when I plugged it in -- the FreeAgent icon's on the desktop -- and asked me if I wanted to use Time Machine with it. I said no, and then tried to copy a test file to the FreeAgent and the Mac said:

"The item [filename] could not be moved because "FreeAgent Drive" cannot be modified."

So does it want me to reformat the drive? Buy it a new drive, and this time make sure I get one that's already Mac formatted? The FreeAgent might be NTFS, which I think isn't compatible with Mac. If I weren't so lazy, I'd hook it up the PC and find out.

The new drive won't go to waste -- I wanted another one for the PC anyway -- so I won't get heartburn if I have to buy another one for the Mac. But ideally, I'd like to have an external drive that'll work on both Mac and PC. I do have an old one that does (I guess it's FAT32), but it makes Funny Noises so I don't want to rely on it even for backups.

UPDATE: Yep, the new drive is NTFS. I unplugged it from the Mac (which complained -- I guess I was supposed to throw it in the trash first?) and into the PC to check.

marlene is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MacBook to Beamer - what happens? iamback Hardware & Gadgets 19 04-26-2008 01:45 PM
Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB drive ktinkel Hardware & Gadgets 20 04-05-2008 11:13 AM
MacBook Air and some other stuff ktinkel Hardware & Gadgets 14 01-18-2008 05:29 PM
15" MacBook Pro/LED review ktinkel Hardware & Gadgets 9 06-14-2007 07:31 AM
MacBook Pro 17" annc General Publishing Topics 8 05-06-2006 05:50 PM

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:29 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Contents copyright 2004–2019 Desktop Publishing Forum and its members.