External Harddrive set to "Read Only"

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

  1. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    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

    Mar 23, 2008
    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

    Feb 13, 2014
    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

    Feb 13, 2014
    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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