can't ad doc to some folders! going insane!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 7aull, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. 7aull macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2005
    OSX 10.4.7
    iMac G5
    I attempt to drop or save-to, files to certain folders I get:
    "This item "(name of file)" could not be moved because "(name of folder)" cannot be modified.

    For some folders, if I click [Authenticate] then LABORIOUSLY enter our fricking password I am "allowed" to deposit the file. But for other, clicking [Authenticate] just shuts closed the folder without accepting the file...
    And other folders - it's no problem, works like every other Mac I've had for the last 20 years....!! No apparent difference in the folder, visually to suggest they are any different. Mind you some of these now-inaccessible folders were direct copies off the originals in our old iMac...

    What is THE deal?? Can't find any menu or prefs to shut this damnable option off! HELP I want this to all go awayand work like my old iMac-
    many thanks
    Stu Aull
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Sounds like permissions are b0rked up. Have you tried to "repair permissions" using Disk Utility? For once it seems mandated.

  3. 7aull thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2005
    Thanks- tried that - NO GO
    still won't permit me to drop the file into the folder...
    Stu Aull
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    If you want to do them all as a batch, move all the problematic inaccessible folders into one new temporary folder.

    Then Get Info on that new folder (key Apple + I) and at the bottom of the pop-up window where it says 'Ownership & Permissions' set it to Read and Write checking that the owner is you and then under Details click 'Apply to enclosed items'.

    Then move them back into their original locations. Or do them individually by Get Info if you can't be bothered with all the moving around of folders.
  5. 7aull thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2005
    works fine now
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Stu Aull

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