3 Ways To Move Files From Mac To External Hard Drive

How To Transfer Files from Mac to External Hard Drive Without Formatting


Mac OS X one of the best operating system for apple computers their are lots of series of computer available in Apple Stores. But sometimes performing several task on mac are very difficult in this article we gone show you how to migrate folders and files of mac to external hard drive.

So first of all you’ve to select the best external hard drive for mac backup from which you can easily restore important documents in case of reboot of mac. Generate a backup on mac of videos, photos and files on external drive.

How To Migrate Files From Mac To Hard Drive

It was easily to move files from mac to mac but moving files from mac to external hard drive is kind a hard which also relate to recover files from external hard drive.

However sometimes due to virus and some other error the data stored in external hard drive corporate and for to recover the files from external hard drive recovery software for mac.

Now focus on, given below steps by steps guides let you know how to transfer files from mac to external hard drive.

Move Files To External Hard Drive (Drag and Drop)

Step  1 

Connect the external hard drive to your mac using a USB cable and wait until the hard drive successfully connected to your computer. (Name of the drive should appear on your Mac screen).

Step 2 : 

Open “Finder”, then locate the files to move to external hard drive.

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Step 3 : 

Create a New Folder in hard drive, then drag each files you want to backup from Mac system to external hard drive.

Step 4 :

Close the external hard drive once all files moved to from mac to external hard drive.

Using Disk Utility To Transfer Files Mac To External Hard Drive

Sometimes you’re external hard drive don’t allow you to transfer files from Mac. Because its you hard drive may be formatted with NTFS which is normal in windows environment.

While OS X is able to READ from a drive that is formatted at NTFS, it cannot WRITE to one. You will get a warning saying that the drive cannot be modified. To fix this error you’ve to use Disk Utility. Remember to save everything to Mac before formatting the apple external hard drive.


How To Formatted External Hard Drive In Mac OS X

Step 1 : 

Plug-In external hard drive to Mac using USB cable. Wait until the hard drive name appear on Mac Desktop screen.

Step 2 : 

In Mac OS X disc into your mac and restart your computer. Continue pressing the “C” key when the system is starts.

Step 3 : 

Choose the language and then select Disk Utility from Utilities menu. Now select the disk which you want to connect to you mac and click on “Verify Disk”.

Step 4 : 

Click on “Repair Disk” button to repair the external hard drive. Click on “New Image” and named you hard drive then select “128-bit” or “256-bit AES” from the encryption menu to add security to the backup.

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Step 5 : 

Click on the “Save” button and type the administration password, Conform it. (Wait till process to begin ).

Step 6 : 

Now choose the new backup from the device. After completing the imaging process, select ”Image” and then Click on “Scan Image for Restore”.

Step 7 : 

Press “Command Q” when scan completes and then again press same key to quit Mac OS X Installer window.


Reformat The External Hard Drive In Mac OS X

In my research. I’ve founded that lots of mac users how purchase a new hard drive for mac. When they connected that hard drive to Mac OS X system. The external hard drive successfully connected to mac but files can’t transfer.

To resolve this issue, you’ve to reformat your external hard drive using Mac OS Extended option.

Step 1 : 

Connect hard drive to Mac via USB slots.

Step 2 : 

Now go to Utilities Folder > Disk Utility. Select the external hard drive.

Step 3 : 

As long as you don’t have any important files in external hard drive, choose “Ease” Tab and then select “Mac OS Extended(Journaled)”.


Step 4 : 

Enter the new named of drive and Click Erase.


I hope any of these methods will worked for you to transfer files from mac to external hard drive with or without formatting the drive. Give your feedback via comment box.

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