File Transfer

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kenglade, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. kenglade macrumors 6502

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    I'm new to Mac and am trying to move a slew of files from my PC in preparation for a total switch. In this case, I had two folders with numerous subfolders that I wanted to make available on my iMac G5 (Leopard). I copied the folders to CDs, then transferred them to the Mac. But now I'm unable to write to those folders/subfolders. Apparently, my permission is restricted to "read only."

    When I go to Finder, then Get Info and try to change the permission, Mac will not recognize my administrator's password. The folders/subfolders were not password protected on the PC so I don't know what password Mac is looking for.

    I need full access to these files (R/W) on the Mac so any advice would be appreciated.

    Apparently I also have to change the permission on each of the subfolders.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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  3. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

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    it may be some permission settings you set on your pc.
     
  4. kenglade thread starter macrumors 6502

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    In the Documents folder. They are all .doc files.

    I created new folders in the Documents fle and put them there. I have r/w access to the folders i created on the Mac, but not to the subfolders where the files themselves reside.
     
  5. kenglade thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Boy, I hope not because I have no idea what it would have been. As far as i know nothing on the PC is password protected.
     
  6. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

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    If you have your pc set up, you can try right clicking the folder and clicking properties. There might be a tab with options to set up the permissions.
     
  7. kenglade thread starter macrumors 6502

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    File transfer

    Good idea. I just went to the PC, and found the "share this folder on the network" box unchecked. I checked it and the PC is now going through the subfolders. Let me try to recopy the files to a CD, then onto the Mac.

    Many thanks for your help.

    I'll be back
     
  8. kenglade thread starter macrumors 6502

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    File transfer

    That didn't work. When I click on Get Info I see that I have read only access and have been unable to change it.
     
  9. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Open a Terminal window (in /Applications/Utilities) and type:

    sudo chown -R yourname:yourname ~/Documents
    sudo chmod -R u+rw ~/Documents


    ... where yourname is the name of your user home folder.
     
  10. kenglade thread starter macrumors 6502

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    file transfer

    No go.

    When I try your command in Terminal I get this response:

    Kenneth-Englades-Computer:~Ken$

    When then type in my password, I get:

    "command not found"
     
  11. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    You only need to type your password if it asks for it. It will remember your password for a while, so you don't have to type it twice.

    You will get an error if there is a problem. With most commands, including chown/chmod, it will say nothing if the command succeeds.

    Do you have write access now?
     
  12. kenglade thread starter macrumors 6502

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    File Transfer

    Negative. The computer won't accept my password. It says only "command not found"

    Alos, when I went back to Terminal I was unable to get a fresh window. The window with the error response remains on the screen. Closing the window and trying to open another doesn't work either.

    I didn't realize it would be this difficult just to move files from a PC to an Apple. Maybe I', missing something.
     

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