White Prohibitory Sign When Trying To Move Files Off External Hard Drive

Why am I getting the white prohibitory sign when trying to add a new file to an external hard drive? I have run Disk Utility and permissions repair.

See Mac OS X: "Broken folder" icon, prohibitory sign, or kernel panic when computer starts
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 Cheers, Tom

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