How do I write to a usb hard drive when It says that I do not have permision

How do I change permission for writing to my usb harddrive that was previously used on a windows pc. At present it will not let me write and in
the top of the window there is a pen which is crossed out. Can anyone help?

More than likely because the drive is formated NTFS. OS X can read to NTFS, but not write to such. You would need to reformat in order to write to the drive. Are you going to use on both Windows PC's & your Mac?

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