External hard drive locked with limited access

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by aoitsukinosuke, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. aoitsukinosuke macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2011
    I have a MacMini running Leopard 10.5.8 and have 3 external storage devices.
    Yesterday, I turned on the one with my media files, Samsung Story 1GB, I got a warning.
    Then, I tried Disk Utility but repairing options were grayed out except Verify Disk.

    When I tried that, I got another warning. (I tried to get the screenshots)

    I can access the files, but can't edit or move any of them.

    Going thru some forums, being very unfamiliar with Terminal, I nevertheless entered
    ls -alOe /Volumes in the Terminal screen and got the following.

    james-belgins-mac-mini:~ jamesb$ ls -alOe /Volumes
    total 8
    drwxrwxrwt@ 4 root admin hidden 136 2 Jul 02:36 .
    drwxrwxr-t 35 root admin - 1258 2 Jul 02:32 ..
    lrwxr-xr-x 1 root admin - 1 2 Jul 02:31 Macintosh HD -> /
    drwxrwxr-x@ 35 jamesb staff - 1258 27 Jun 18:00 SAMSUNG
    0: user:jamesb allow list,add_file,search,add_subdirectory,delete_child,readattr,writeattr,readextattr,writeextattr,readsecurity
    james-belgins-mac-mini:~ jamesb$

    I can't reformat the disk as I would lose all data. The free space on my Mac's hard drive is not big enough for copying all files and I have no way of getting a new external soon.

    Can anybody help me please?

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  2. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    You've given a good description of your problem and seem to have tried the sensible things, but unfortunately I don't have the knowledge to tell you much about the Disk Utility errors. My guess is that you won't be able to fix this without a format (if then, even).

    My advice would be to turn off the SAMSUNG drive and leave it off until you can afford to get a new hard drive, and at that time try to copy all the files.

    (Brace yourself for a lot of people saying "This is what backups are for...")
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    It's not free, but many here have had good results with Disk Warrior:


    I think a utility like this may well be your only hope of getting that data off...You are going to have to beg, borrow or steal (not really) a cheap external with sufficient capacity if you do get access....It might be a one hit chance. Good luck.
  4. cloughenough macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    I had the same symptoms with my external Promise Pegasus R6 drive; I tried many different things, and finally purchased and downloaded Diskwarrior; it fixed it! What a relief. Promise tech support was not able to help, and I am still unsure what caused the problem in the first place.

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