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 systems for Apple computers there are lots of series of computers available in Apple Stores. But sometimes performing several tasks on mac are very difficult in this article we went to show you how to migrate folders and files of mac to an external hard drive.

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

How To Migrate Files From Mac To Hard Drive

It was easy to move files from mac to mac but moving files from Mac to an external hard drive is kinda hard which also relate to recovering files from the external hard drive.

However, sometimes due to the virus and some other error the data stored in external hard drive corporate and 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 an 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 the external hard drive.

Step 3 : 

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

Step 4 :

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

Using Disk Utility To Transfer Files Mac To External Hard Drive

Sometimes your external hard drive doesn’t allow you to transfer files from Mac. Because it’s your hard drive may be formatted with NTFS which is normal in a 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 drives.

How To Formatted External Hard Drive In Mac OS X

Step 1 : 

Plug-In external hard drive to Mac using the USB cable. Wait until the hard drive name appears 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 started.

Step 3 : 

Choose the language and then select Disk Utility from the utility menu. Now select the disk which you want to connect to your 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 your hard drive then select “128-bit” or “256-bit AES” from the encryption menu to add security to the backup.

Step 5 : 

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

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 the scan completes and then again press the same key to quit the Mac OS X Installer window.

Reformat The External Hard Drive In Mac OS X

In my research. I’ve found that lots of Mac users how to purchase a new hard drive for mac. When they connected that hard drive to the Mac OS X system. The external Mac 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 the external hard drive, choose the “Ease” Tab and then select “Mac OS Extended(Journaled)”.

Step 4 : 

Enter the new name of the drive and Click Erase.

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