File Permissions On External HD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by smoknz28, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. smoknz28 macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Computer Details:
    - MacBook Pro, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    - Mac OS X v. 10.5.8

    External Hard Drive Details:
    - LACIE
    - Formatted as Mac OS Extended (journaled)

    Operator Details:
    - Novice Mac User...

    Well, there you have it...I'm a newbie to the Mac world as I've been a PC guy since the late 80s.

    I recently purchased an external LACIE 500 GB hard drive formatted as Mac OS Extended (journaled). I copied some files onto the external drive from my DVD and the files that I copied onto the external drive show up as "Read only". There are about 20 directories and about 500 files all of which show up as "Read only".

    I would like to know how a novice Mac guy like myself goes about changing every directory, subdirectory and files on my external drive to "Read & Write".

    Please be gentle on this "newb"...

    Thank you.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    1. Right-click on the folder,
    2. Get Info,
    3. change permissions to Read & Write at the bottom of the Get Info window,
    4. Click the gear icon and select "Apply to enclosed items"
    5. Done
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  3. smoknz28 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2010
    What the....

    Too simple! And here I was searching through threads on how to use the Terminal program to do this... Ack.

    Thank you much! ;)
  4. Caleb531 macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2009
    The Terminal can do it too, actually. Combine that with AppleScript, and you can automate the whole process; it's pretty nice.

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