External Harddrive set to "Read Only"

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chrono1081, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. chrono1081 macrumors 604

    chrono1081

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    I have an external firewire drive that is at my house that I update usually twice a year when I am home from traveling. I am the only one who uses this drive however when I tried to update the drive is locked and listed as "Read Only" and there is nowhere I can find that gives me the option to change this (other then reformatting). Anyone know how I can unlock this drive so that I can add to it? All of my other information is overseas so I am unable to reformat first then update it (or else I lose all my old information).
     
  2. msheldrick macrumors regular

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    1. Right Click on your hdd
    2. click Get Info
    3. Scroll down and press the padlock
    4. type your password
    5. change to Read & Write

    hope thats what you wanted...:)
     

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  3. breki1 macrumors newbie

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    What if the drive is external?

    While your solution works with the HD on a MAC, how about external drives?

    Under "sharing and permissions" I keep on getting the "you can only ready" message... for my Fantom Drive.

    How can I fix it to give it "read and write" permission?

    Thanks for the help in advance, Z
     

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  4. breki1 macrumors newbie

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    Problem fixed

    I used the Disk Utility. Verified disk, then Repair disk and all of a sudden the Fantom is "writable".

    :)
     

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