Cannot create files/folders.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Shownarou, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. Shownarou macrumors regular

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    My Macbook has been much slower than usual lately, and today it just stopped creating files. When I try and open Skype, it tells me it cannot create the users file, when i try to open itunes, it tells me it cannot create the itunes folder.

    I have repaired the disk permissions and verified the disk. Verification came back okay. I'm now at a loss as for what to do. I can't download any new files (it tells me that I'm out of disk space, while I have 50 gb's free), so downloading anything to fix the problem won't work. :confused:

    Thanks in advance guys..
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Try repairing permissions from your systems restore disk. If that comes back fine, your hard drive may be failing. Make a backup right away.
     
  3. Shownarou thread starter macrumors regular

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    Working on the backup now, thanks. I'll have to try repairing the permissions tomorrow. Replacing the hard drive on this thing is going to suck..
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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  5. Shownarou thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay. Something was very messed up. After trying everything and just not believing it was the hard drive, I just went in and set my permissions to allow all. Now everything's working just fine. But it's not finding my USB hard drive, and it's not showing my system disk on the desktop. I'm just wanting to go back and restore now that I figured out what the problem is.. *sorta*

    *edit* Okay, so everything's not just fine..
     
  6. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    Go to your Finder preferences, and to General, make sure that you have it set to show hard disks and external drives on the Desktop. I know Mac OS X 10.6 by default does not display the internal drive icon unless that Finder preference is adjusted manually.
     
  7. keithOrbit macrumors member

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    reboot, and press +s, input fsck -fy, and input reboot [enter]
     
  8. Shownarou thread starter macrumors regular

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    I actually got it working. Just did a completely fresh install off of my Snow Leopard disk, and it's working better than it has in months. It's the strangest thing. It's almost like a virus or something. I'd fix the permissions, and they'd get messed up again. Thanks to everyone for the help!
     

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