Help Request : Hard Drive Ownership

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  1. maya macrumors 68040

    maya

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    I was experimenting about, and I accidently changed the ownership on my external HD to "admin" access. Now I have admin access and I turned on the external HD, however it does not show up in the Finder, it does however shop up in Disk Utility and I cannot figure a way to have the external HD mount on the desktop.

    I am pretty sure it can be done via the Terminal however I am not sure and I do not want to erase the external HD either.

    Any help would be welcomed, thank you. :)
     
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Okay. In the terminal, use ls -l /Volumes and see if the drive is mounted. If yes, try:

    sudo chown maya /Volumes/WhateverItsNameIs
    sudo chmod 777 /Volumes/WhateverItsNameIs
    sudo umount -f /Volumes/Whateveritis


    Now go ahead and try mounting it again and see if you've got a readable drive that shows up in Finder and all. Tweak permissions to taste (but maybe keep access for yourself this time :p )
     
  3. maya thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I opened Disk Utility and it will mount in that application, however it will no mount to the desktop. :(
     
  4. nichos macrumors 6502

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    When I first read that, I thought he said his HD (not external) that would be a problem:)

    Wouldnt the repair permissions be perfect for this?
     
  5. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Okay, and is that still true after doing the chmod stuff in the terminal? Just checking. If you could paste in the results of that ls -l command showing the problem volume, that would help,

    It wouldn't know what the ownership and permissions for an external drive should be.
     
  6. maya thread starter macrumors 68040

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    mayas-Computer:~ maya$ ls -l /Volumes
    total 8
    lrwxr-xr-x 1 root admin 1 Nov 27 00:12 Macintosh HD -> /
    d---r-xr-x 14 maya maya 578 Nov 8 23:08 Media Centre


    That is what shows up with the first line executed.
    The drive does mount in the terminal. :)
     
  7. maya thread starter macrumors 68040

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    She not he. :)

    The titles is kinda misleading. :p
     
  8. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Okay, so is Media Centre the drive with the problem? It looks like it's the one. The command that should work is

    sudo chmod 777 '/Volumes/Media Centre'

    (the single quotes are necessary for the full volume name to be passed along to the chmod command.)

    To verify, ls -l /Volumes should now return

    drwxrwxrwx 14 maya maya 578 Nov 8 23:08 Media Centre

    At that point, unmounting and re-mounting (in Disk Utility if you like) should put things back to normal.
     
  9. maya thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thank you so very much, that fixed the issue. Everything is back to normal once again. I thank you once again for all your help iMeowbot.
     
  10. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Yay, it works! But boo on Apple -- why doesn't the Finder check for situations like this and at least offer a little warning about the consequences?
     
  11. nichos macrumors 6502

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    Ooops, sorry about that. I played the odds that 99% of the people here are guys:)
     
  12. maya thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I know what you mean. :(

    10.5 should maybe implement a warning. :)
     
  13. maya thread starter macrumors 68040

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    No harm done. :)
     

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