can't access shared folder with read write permissions

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Jiggy1965, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Jiggy1965 macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2008
    At the office I've noticed that I can't access certain windows folders even if the permissions are set to read / write. This seems to happen to folders my co-workers have added. When someone else on a mac adds a folder I can't add files to it. When I add a folder myself, this co-worker can add files but he on his turn can't add files to folders co-worker number 3 had added. When I view all folders with Info I can see that permissions are set to read/write, so we should be able to save something to folders we haven't added ourselves. I can add a folder myself and add something to this folder. IT has checked the network drive in question and we should have complete access to the entire network drive. What could be wrong?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    How is the network drive formatted? If it's not HFS+ or FAT32, you can't write to it in native Mac OS X. My guess is it's NTFS.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • exFAT partitions created with OS X 10.6.5 are inaccessible from Windows 7
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
  3. Jiggy1965 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2008
    I don't know how it's formatted but I guess the same way other network drives at work are formatted. On which I have no problem.

    The funny thing is that I CAN write to some folders. But for example not to folders user2 has created. User2 can create a folder and add files to it. User2 can also add files to folders I (user1) have created. User1 (me) can't add files to folders user2 has created. User2 however can't add files to folders user3 has created. I however can add files to folders user3 has created. Make sense? :rolleyes:

    It seems to be user dependent. I can't add files to user2 folders but can add files to user3 folders. User2 can't add files to user3 folders but can add files to user1 folders. But each user can off course add files to his own folders.

    Somehow when creating a folder a user adds his permissions while creating the folder so it seems? And even if Info says read/write only the user who created the folder can add files to it? Or at least some other users can while again other users can't? :confused:

    I've also tested it on a pc to see what happens, but there it's the same thing. Can't add files to certain folders of other users there too.

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