new laptop, transferred files are "read only"

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by mrzeigler, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    My wife's employer upgraded her work computer to a new Mac Air. The IT dept transferred all of her old files, but those files now have "read only" permission on the Mac Air.

    Is there any way to batch change all their permissions, or should we have the IT dept. retransfer the files with different settings?


    Could this be fixed by simply having an admin log in, pull up the info for the hard drive and change sharing to read & write?
  2. macrumors 68020

    If you have an IT department, then you should get them to do things properly and/or fix any problems.

    There is of course a way (several ways) to change the permissions so you can write them. The easiest way is by doing Get Info on the enclosing folder and changing the options at the bottom of the panel, and tick the box for changing the enclosed items.

    The best way to fix it is to use Terminal commands, but ideally, you ned to know what the current settings are and where the files are first.
  3. macrumors regular

    Thanks. My wife said a new hire at the IT dept. handled the transfer. I hope this person learns quickly.

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