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Hi , i would like to help .
Sounds like the memory stick is PC format ? NTFS maybe , what size it the stick , what do you use it with Mac only or PC & MAC . ??
It isn't a stick - it's an IOMEGA external 500gb drive. I figured it might be because it was for my PC before. Can I use it for both? Seems mad that I am try to just move .jpg files so a pain that I can't copy them. I can move them to a memory stick but not to this external hard drive.
permissions issues are another issue with USB sticks etc and moving files , esp photos . I can help with this . Firstly can you move files to the Mac desktop ? and can you move files back on to the USB stick ? Does this basic funtion work ?
Hi , ok the fault is the same . I think the disks are formatted NTFS , you can get your mac to work with NTFS with some additional tools installed. Mac OSX will only READ NTFS normally , you can WRITE , unless the tools have been added .
I have exported them to the desktop as I read that somewhere else - but can't get any further than that. My memory sticks would be too small for the photo's I want to move (used somebody elses before) so just want to move them straight to external drive. I was going to get a stick and copy to stick and then use PC laptop to copy to hard drive - but this isn't a great solution everytime I want to back them up.
Oh OK - that explains why I can see everything on it but can't write back to it. Thanks - what tools?
Can you write to the disks from the Mac ? If not then this is the problem .
Yes , Mac OSX works with FAT32 normally , for both READ and WRITE . but there is a 4GB limit on file size .
FAT32 is the older PC file format .
write to what disks?
ok , one second and i will get the info..
Always copy your photos from the external to the Mac desktop , and then add to the iphoto library . this can avoid other permissions issues . Setting up NTFS for PC / Mac HD and memory sticks :-Firstly downloading NTFS tools for the mac is a great help when using PC format disks. Format your USB stick as NTFS or FAT32 to use to transfer your data to the Mac , and it should work fine .Always safely un-mount "or remove " your connected HD disks or USB memory sticks by dragging them "The desktop icon " to the Trashcan / Eject button in the lower Dock right hand side Trash / Eject on Mac OSX .1 Get NTFS tools here for OSX :- http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/ 2 Install and reboot , you will see an extra control panel in the System preferences for NTFS Preferences on the Mac. "See the control panel in the :- Apple menu / System preferences , NTFS control panel pane " .3 . Launch Disk utilities on the Mac , use Spotlight search to find the application and launch with a left click on the name found in the search results. 4 Once NTFS tools are installed on your Mac you can format NTFS in the Disk utilities application on the Mac , Found in Applications / Utilities .If you need extra help doing this please ask :)Extra help :-You now can now read and write NTFS disks on the Mac , this means you can use an external drive or USB memory stick with a PC as well as the Mac as you require.1 Load Disk utilities "Optional instructions for format "2 Select your external drive in the left column list . See the current format and other volume information ,This is now displayed to the bottom of the screen window within Disk utilities .3 Partition the drive and format with NTFS and GUID table. If needed .If the drive or memory card is not NTFS .4 For HD disks to be used on the Mac only , please use the Apple standard HFS+ or Mac OS Extended (journaled ) formats .You can now use the NTFS volume formats , both your Mac and PC can use those formats to read and write data. The reason you need NTFS tools , and use the format is that you can still use files above 4gb with NTFS , Fat 32 can only use files up to 4gb and is obsolete in my opinion . I hope this gets you up and running. This is a cross compatible solution for your Mac setup and future use.Remember , If you need to back up files from Mac to PC use the NTFS standard for your External HD disks and USB memory cards .If the USB Memory card is less than 4gb you could still use FAT32 , as it makes no difference here .Macs with OSX can read and write FAT32 format out of the box .But only read NTFS and this is why NTFS 3G tools or similar are desirable .Please note :-Time machine only works with Mac OS Extended / (journaled ) formatsI hope this helps .Thanks.
Thanks very much for your help - I will give that a try. Jane
You dont need to format your disks if they are already working ok by the way . :) just install the tools and test ..
:) yes this should fix 95% of the problems .
Please can you press accept on the answer once happy , also please let me know if you have any issue , i will give extra info to fix permissions on photos and files if needed .