Help: messed with HD partition can't view contents

Discussion in 'macOS' started by shazz, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. shazz macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2005
    New & happy switcher needs the help of the collective minds of the Macrumors massive!

    Was trying to lock out a guest account I set up from an internal HD partition when an "unexpected error; could not complete command" (paraphrased, can't remember the exact message after the ensuing freakout) message came up. Then stupidly un-ticked 'Ignore ownership on this volume', closed the Show Info window and all of my accounts do not show the partition anywhere.

    Tried sudo chown -R yourName:admin /Volumes/nameOfDrive as recommended in seemed to perform the command but still could not access/view the partition.

    Tried to do a sudo chmod -R u+rwx * ( could not get into the directory to do the command, "Permission denied". Under ls -Fla it does list the partition as:

    d---rwxr-x 23 admin staff 884 Oct 31 03:54 sm hd I assume the ownership/permissions are messed up as per the latter-referenced forum thread.

    Disk Utility still lists the partition but with the drive icon replaced by a paper(?) icon and no information(e.g. number of folders/files) on the partition...the 'repair disk permissions' button is also greyed out. I can still see files & folders in Spotlight but unable to access anything. Am running 10.4.3 ..

    Thanking you in advance for any help given to sort the problem...Apple Support won't be open till Monday :(

  2. shazz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2005
    It's OK used the Apple Support pages to figure out the solution. Thanks for reading anyway :eek:
  3. madisonmac macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2006
  4. madisonmac macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2006
  5. madisonmac macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2006
    Same problem as you

    Can I ask you how you solved your Hard Drive problem? I have the exact same symptoms and problems with my external hard drive. Have tried suggestions from forums. Any help you cna provide would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  6. VanNess macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2005
    I'm glad you got it all sorted out, but I gotta tell ya that quote just cracked me up when I saw it!

    Are you really sure you want to tinker with your hard drive after struggling like that with a simple message board post? :eek:

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