How To Copy From Mac To Hard Drive

When I copy files from macOS X to a USB external hard drive disk with both command or drag and drop action, the operation can not be processed. After some time investigate with google, I finally found the reason. This article will tell you how to resolve can not copy files from macOS to USB external hard drive disk issue.

Easy Steps to Copy Photos from Mac to External Hard Drive Before transferring photos to external hard drive, you need to make sure the disk is formatted for APFS or Mac OS Extended. Otherwise, the disk cannot be recognized, nor the content cannot be modified by Mac. Then select the output file destination on your computer and click “Rip” on the bottom-right corner to start to copying to your hard drive. If you want to copy the DVD files into the external hard drive, just insert the external hard drive into your computer and select it as the destination. Edit DVD movies before copying (Rip DVD.

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1. Format The USB Disk With ExFat File Format.

When I copy files from macOS X to a USB external hard drive disk with both command or drag and drop action, the operation can not be processed. After some time investigate with google, I finally found the reason. This article will tell you how to resolve can not copy files from macOS to USB external hard drive disk issue. Connect your external hard drive with the Mac and copy the folder that is saved over the location and paste it across the drive. Another method that can be considered under such cases is by backing up the iCloud Photo Library across an external cloud service that keeps a backup of these files.

The main reason for this issue is macOS can only read NTFS format files but can not write files to NTFS disk. So if the USB disk is NTFS format, then the copy and paste operation can not be operated. So we should change the USB Disk file format to others such as FAT or ExFAT. And ExFat is a more good choice.

1.1 Change USB Disk File Format Steps.

  1. Open macOS Finder —> Applications —> Utilities —> Disk Utility.
  2. Select the USB disk in the left panel.
  3. Then click the Erase button at the top of the right panel. Select ExFAT in the Format drop-down list and begin to format.
  4. After the format process complete successfully, you can copy files from macOS to USB disk successfully.

2. Install NTFS-3G To Make MacOS Support Read-Write Microsoft Windows NTFS File System.

  1. Open a terminal and run the command $ brew install ntfs-3g to install NTFS-3G.
  2. Unmount the existing NTFS format partition if needed.
  3. Create a directory as the mount point volume label for the NTFS partition.
  4. Run /usr/local/bin/ntfs-3g command to mount the NTFS disk partition with the above mount point manually in read-write mode.
  5. You can also run the /usr/local/bin/mount_ntfs command to mount the NTFS disk partition as below.
  6. Learn more at NTFS 3G Official Github Website.

3. How To Copy Files From macOS To USB External Hard Drive In Command-Line.

  1. Open a terminal and run the command cp -R Documents /usb.
  2. The -R parameter will copy all the subdirectories under the Documents directory to the USB external hard drive.
  3. But above command may raise an error message such as usb/Pics: No such file or directory.
  4. This is because the USB external hard drive is mounted under /Volumes folder, so you should add the /Volumes directory before USB disk name when you run the cp command.

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