❗️ Can't find External Hard Drive in Origin MAC

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❗️ Can't find External Hard Drive in Origin MAC

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Hi guys!

Normally I would look within existing topics to find an answer to my question, but it seems that I am the only one having this problem.
So, I would like to install TS4 on my external hard drive (Seagate Expansion Portable Drive 1 TB). I uninstalled the game in Origin and wanted to download it again, but now onto the external hard drive. However, when I try to select the external hard drive as install location, I can't find it. The external hard drive is connected, and I can find it through the macOS finder, but not within Origin. I added two screenshots to show what I mean.


Is there someone who could help me with my problem?

Thanks in advance 😄

 

(Edit - edited title slightly, Bluebellflora)

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@Majrolein 

 

Ok, we can work round that:

 

  1. In Origin > Installs & Saves > Game Library Location click on Change Folder 
  2. In the left side click on Computer then double click on the '/' that appears next to a picture of your hard drive in the right side. You should see four folders in the right now - Applications, Library, System, Users.
  3. In the field at the bottom, where it says Directory, type in /Volumes/[the name of your external] then hit Enter. For example, my external is called Backup and shows Backup when plugged in in Finder, so the file path is /Volumes/Backup.
  4. The window will disappear and reappear again but you may not see your external. That's ok, quit Origin then reopen it. You should get a Gatekeeper message popping up asking for Origin to have permission to access files on a removable volume. Just click Ok.
  5. The external should now be showing. If not, repeat steps 1 to 3 and you should see the contents of your external in the window.

Let me know how you get on Standard smile

 

(Thanks to @MaxisJoe for these instructions in a thread in the Origin forum)

 

If you are still having issues with the drive not being recognised in Origin, check the permissions for the external drive - Click on the mounted drive and press CMD and i to bring up the info window. At the bottom is the Sharing & Permissions window. Make sure your user account has Read & Write access. Some people are reporting that changing the Everyone setting to Read & Write is also necessary for Origin to successfully access the external drive.


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SIMS4 from MAC onto External HardDrive?

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I have been playing Sims for a long time, and I have recently run out of space to play on my MacBook Pro. I bought a 2 TB WD Hard Drive today, but in the Origin settings, it won't let me change the "Game Library Location" to the Hard Drive. I am in serious need of some computer help. Can anyone help me? I'd really love space to buy the new Pet Items! LOL

x Thank you kindly - H.

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I'm pretty sure you must move your games from the Applications folder on your Mac to the external drive first and then change the Games Library location in Origin. Create a folder on the external and call it whatever you like, Origin Games for example, then drag the Sims 4 from your Applications folder to the Origin Games folder. Then open Origin > Installs & Saves and change the location to the Origin Games folder.

You will not be able to move the Sims 4 folder from Documents > Electronic Arts to the external drive though as the game will always look there for data to load. If there is no Sims 4 folder there it will create a new one.

Hope this helps, please do let me know whether it works or not Standard smile

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@Bluebellflora I just wanted to let you know that I tried this today, with some trepidation that I would lose my old game--and it worked perfectly!! Thank you!Heart

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@Majrolein

Is it correctly formatted? Open Disk Utility and select the drive, what is the format?

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@Bluebellflora

 

It says "Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)"

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@Majrolein

Thanks. You need to reformat as FAT32 and then Origin should recognise it.

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@Bluebellflora 

 

Thank you for your quick reply! I only see the following formats:

 

APFS

APFS (Encrypted)

APFS (Case-sensitive)

APFS (Case-sensitive, Encrypted)
Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)

Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)

Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted)

MS-DOS (FAT)
ExFAT

 

There is no FAT32..

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MS-DOS (FAT). Be aware that it will wipe the drive so move anything you have saved on it to another drive or onto your Mac.

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I formatted it to MS-DOS (FAT32). But I still can't find it within Origin. It just doesn't show up on the list.

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