Changed HD permissions - No Access!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Englika, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Englika macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
    I have 5 partitions on 3 harddisks. While installing Snow Leopard on one of them I Lost access to ALL of them. By using the Installer DVD I managed to fix the Snow Leopard one but the rest are locked.
    I can't change permissions even as an admin, tried Terminal, nothing works, I'm getting desperate (and tired-It's 2:20 in Sweden now).
    The symbol of the HD in the info shows a HD with a padlock on it!
    Is there a Terminal command to unlock it? I have never used Terminal until this happend.
    If I don't reply at once I'm probably in bed but I hope somebody has helped me when I wake up.

    Thanks in advance
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    look up the chown command. You'll need to use sudo in front of it, but that should do the trick

    The syntax is chown -R <user>:group file so you'd need to give a wild card and let it do its thing. Be sure you're in the directory you need to be, because -R will make it recursive.

    I highly recommend you type man chown in the terminal to see the details of the command.

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