SD Card Permissions Problems

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by asherman13, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. asherman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2005
    SF Bay Area, CA
    hey everybody, i'm sorry if this has already been posted, but i couldn't find anything related to it in searches of forums, so i'm posting it now.

    i'm running an ibook and mac os x 10.4.2. i have three SD cards both for my palm and my canon digital camera. for some reason, while using my generic SD card reader, i am now no longer able to write onto (or delete from) the disks; i can only read. when i "get info" for the disks, clicking on 'ownership & permissions" tells me that i can only read, and doesn't give me any options to change this. when i opened disk utility, i found that i also cannot erase the disks or repair/verify their permissions. what is going on and what can i do to fix it?

    i'm the only person on my computer, so obviously i'm the admin. i'm the only person who's been using the cards, and i would really like to be able to edit them (meaning fix this problem) without having to delve into terminal or the root user, as i'm not very good with mac os x on the technical software side. i'd appreciate it if someone could get back to me on this before the weekend's over, as i'm hoping to be able to use them on tuesday.

    thanks so much!
  2. jchiar macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2008
    You need to use the card utility program to set read /write mode..

    For the Canon's use /Applications/PIXMA iP6000D Memory Card
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    very old thread. are the SD cards "locked"? the little switch on the side locks the SD cards, so they can or can't be written into. Just flick it to one side, try to write to it, and flick it back, try to write to it.
  4. jchiar macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2008
    Yeah, its an old thread but came up as the first hit when i searched google for this issue.

    There may be a switch, but i think it has something to do with the MAC OS x SD card reader driver. It distinctly states that if you enable read/write mode, the maintenance mode and printing capabilities will be disabled.

    Again, this was for the SD card reader built into a Canon Pixma printer.

    The was not an issue with a standard USB card reader..

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