Asks for Password To Delete file

Discussion in 'OS X' started by SrMasterSell, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I used an external Windows formatted USB hard drive to transport my files from my old laptop to my new Black MacBook.

    There are files I do not need, so on my MacBook I highlighted the files and directories and dragged them to the trash, a dialog box asked me for my password, I supplied it, then nothing happened, ie, it did not delete the files.

    I am not sure what this means, and I want to delete the files.
     
  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I answered my own question

    I figured out my answer...

    The folder that the files were located in was locked, I highlighted the folder, hit Command-I to bring up the info, then I unchecked "Locked", closed out of that dialog box and dragged to the trash.

    Hope this helps others.

    Ron
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to thank you for posting your solution. It certainly helped me.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    Wanted to add to this useful post.

    I had files that required a password to delete. command-i revealed that the file/directotry was not locked (the Locked check box was not checked). At the bottom, however, showed that I only had read privilege. The solution was to invoke the Terminal (Finder>Applications>Utilities>Terminal), then :

    $ cd <the directory that contains the file or directory or file that you want to delete>
    $ chmod -R 777 <the file or directory or file that you want to delete>

    The file/directory should now be able to be deleted without a password.
     
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