All the instructions show plug and play, so that’s a joke. It is a BRAND NEW out of box 12TB Elements. I plugged it in and 2 options for software come up. I installed the MAC software and that was successful but the drive is showing read-only and no other instructions are provided. I tried to drag something into the folder just to test and it won’t write. What is going on???
Please refer to the below article to check to reformat required for Mac OS Compatibility:
When your external drive or any storage drive shows up as “Read Only” on your mac, then you might be encountering a very common problem with the hard drive. In such a situation, the user can open and view the files on a drive but cannot copy or move files to the storage drive. The possible reasons for this issue could be:
- External drive is NTFS formatted
- Disk permission changed as “Read Only”
- External drive is corrupted
However, the issue can be fixed using below DIY methods:
- Reformat the external drive
- Change/Ignore permissions on an external drive
- Repair external drive with disk utility’s first aid
Hope this will help you fix the issue!
I get a message that my Passport drive can not be reformatted !! This is a joke. No support! I just bought this brand new WD Passport external drive to back up my Mac and it says it’s read only. I tried reformatting it and it says it can not be reformatted. HELP ! This support forum has no answers and no response from WD. It also says in a message when you open the WD software that the produce “is not supported” !! Why are they selling products at full price that are supposedly new and not supported??? HELP
I am not a programmer and do not know who to change permissions on the drive. I tried step 1 and it says this drive can not be reformatted !! HELP.
that article is for the PC!! i have Passport for Mac !