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Fix Unable to Copy Files on MacBook pro or Air to External Hard Drive

How to Fix Unable to Copy Files on MacBook pro or Air to External Hard Drive

  • To fix Unable to copy files on macbook pro to external hard drive on macOS monterey -> first you need to copy all files on external hard drive to somewhere else or on macbook pro.
  • Open disk utility and then select your hard drive and click on erase and select format type to exfat and erase hard drive

On your macbook when you are trying to copy file from macbook pro to external hard drive then this is an issue with external hard drive format (NTFS) and you can fix this issue easily by just following these simple methods. So, let’s see in detail below.

You can easily copy and paste file on your external hard drive, SSD drive or usb flash drive from your macbook pro or air after connecting your drive to MacBook pro or air and you need to make sure that your format of drive should be macOS supported.

Fix Unable to Copy Files on Macbook pro or Air to External Hard Drive

Below methods will help you fix and copy files from macbook pro to external hard drive issue on MacOS Monterey or any other macOS.

First Create a Folder and Copy File from External Hard Drive 

Step 1: Create a folder on your MacBook pro or air

Step 2: Copy all external hard drive files to your macbook pro or air with macOS monterey.

Once you copy all files to your folder on your macbook pro or air desktop, then you need to format external hard drive in order your copy file from macbook pro or air to external hard drive.

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Erase Hard Drive and Format to ExFat Format

Step 1: Press command + Space on macbook keyboard and this will bring up spotlight search.

Step 2: Now, type disk utility in spotlight search and open disk utility.

Step 3: Click on External Hard Drive from side menu and if you cant see external hard drive then click on view and select show all devices.

Step 4: Now, Click on Erase on top menu.

Step 5:  Enter macbook password and using drop down menu select format type to ExFat

Step 6: Click on Erase and wait for your MacBook to erase your external hard drive and format it to exfat.

Step 7: Now, Go ahead and copy file from macbook to external hard drive or ssd and it will copy file to external hard drive without any issues.

That;s it, this is how you fix unable to copy files from macbook pro or air to external hard drive.

Why can’t I move files from my Mac to an external hard drive?

If you are unable to movie or cant copy files on your macbook pro or air to external hard drive then this is a hard drive format issue and you need to copy all file on external hard drive to somewhere else and then erase external hard drive or ssd hard drive to exfat format or macOS supported format and start copying files from macbook pro to external hard drive.

How do I move files from Mac to external hard drive?

Connect your external hard drive to your macbook pro or air with type c thunderbolt cable and select the files that you want to move from macbook to external hard drive and simply drag and drop them to external hard drive and files will move from mac to external hard drive.

 FAQ

Unable to copy files from mac to external hard drive ntfs

You need to copy all files from your external hard ntfs to somewhere else and erase hard drive to exfat or macOS supported format to fix cant copy or move files from mac to external or ssd hard drive.

Format External hard drive to ExFat Format on MacBook pro or Air

Open disk utility on MacBook -> Select external hard Drive -> Click on Erase -> Enter password and select format using drop down menu to ExFat and Click on Erase.