IMac :: How To Transfer Files To External Hard Drive

Oct 15, 2009

I have an IMAC and I am having problems transferring video files I download to my external hard drive. I had trouble playing the files at first because it was not readable with Quicktime. I downloaded VPN and it played with VPN. I don't want to save those files on my computer so I would like to transfer it to my external harddrive. When I try to drag it over, it won't let me drop it in. I am new to the MAC world. Is there a way to choose where it will save itself right before you download like there is on windows. I click on it and it does not prompt you, it just starts downloading.

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Nov 18, 2010

My friend wanted some files to be transferred to his external hard drive from my Mac. As he is a Windows user, I guess his hard drive is formatted for Windows as well. As I plug in the hard disk in my Mac, I can't transfer the files. It says something like "the disk cannot be modified". So, please help me on how can I transfer this files from my Mac and if I do format it to work with the Mac, will it work for Windows later?

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Feb 2, 2012

I just bought my first mac (yay!) and am trying to transfer my files off of my old pc. The problem is that I stored all my personal files on an external hard drive, which is of course formatted for windows. My mac will open it, but it is "read only." I tried plugging it back into my pc and using the Migration Assistant to transfer my files over, but it was not detected (rest of the pc was).

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Dec 6, 2014

My external Hard Drive (Western Digital 2TB hard drive in a ICYBOX 2-bay USB 2.0 HD Dock) won't transfer files to the Mac HD. The transfer box comes up but stays at the 'estimating time' stage and remains like that. No matter how big the file/group of files are (biggest I've tried was only 500-odd MB) it won't transfer and stays at the 'estimating time' stage. When I try and stop the transfer, the transfer box remains at the 'stopping' stage until I restart the iMac. I can access other programs during this 'stopping' stage, as long as it doesn't involve the External HD. 

When I attempt to open files from the External HD in Photoshop CS4, both Photoshop and Finder stop responding and have I have to 'Force Quit'. However, upon force quitting finder, I loose all icons on the desktop until I restart the Mac via holding down the 'Power' button on the back. 

Ive already done a couple things. 

- I excluded the Ext HD on the Spotlight>Privacy tab. 
- I verified the Ext HD via System Utilities. Some errors came up but the Repair was successful and subsequent Verifications have returned as 'OK'. 
- I tried the Mac Diagnostic tool as suggested by Apple, but when I press the 'D' key on start up nothing happens. 

The annoying thing is that this problem came out of the blue, the Ext HD was working fine 3 days ago. 

My system: 
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3.6GHz Intel Core i5
8GB 1333 MHz DDR3
OS X 10.9.5 (13F34) 

The Ext HD: 
Western Digital 2TB
Mac OS Extended (Journalised)
1.91TB available on the HD
Shares a 2 Bay ICYBOX dock with another 2TB WD HD
Connected to the iMac via USB 2.0 to a 4-port USB 2.0 hub 

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My new iMac is arriving tomorrow and I need to transfer everything over to it. I know about Migration Assistant, but I want to know if there will be any complications due to the data I have on an external hard drive.

Specifically, I currently have an older (white) iMac hooked up to two 2TB external hard drives. One if for backup but the other one has all my iPhoto and iTunes content on it, including about 1.5 TB of movies and TV shows that I have ripped. None of this material is on the computer's internal hard drive - it is all on the external hard drive.

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May 3, 2012

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Oct 2, 2009

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Mar 22, 2012

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Jan 25, 2009

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Nov 9, 2010

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Jul 10, 2010

I am going to get an MBP 17" in 1 month time (first Mac) and I would like to get an external hard drive for backup & media storage.

My media files are on a desktop PC and, as I am also about to move to a different country, it would be ideal for me to do the following:

1) get the external drive and transfer files from PC to the drive now

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Feb 21, 2009

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Jul 25, 2009

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Mar 27, 2012

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May 5, 2012

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May 18, 2012

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Oct 2, 2010

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