HELP! I locked myself out of my ext FireWire Drive!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Ianrepsolcs, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. Ianrepsolcs macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2005
    :( Help mee please, I was goofing around with ownership and permissions with the "Get Info" on my external firewire drive and set it to no access. oops.
    now in all my troubles to figure out what i did, the drive will not even show up in the finder for me not to have access to, only in disk utility, where it scans fine and says it has no need to repair. I recreated the problem with my Ipod just to make sure that is what i had done and to reassure myself that i had not destroyed all the info on the drive ( i can still listen to the ipod but it wont show up either) so now i am locked out of both the FW drive and the ipod. how do i get back in to change the permissions back to read and write???
    i cant even see it anywhere but disk utility!
    please help, i am very frustrated
    thanks :eek:
  2. Blackheart macrumors 6502a


    Mar 13, 2004
    do this:

    open Terminal (/Applications/Utilities)

    nameOfDrive = a variable name that I will use in these commands. It is the name of either the iPod, or the FW drive, whichever you run this command on.

    yourName = another variable name that I will use in these commands. It is your short username. Most likely followed by the convention of "johndoe". In Mr. Doe's case, yourName = johndoe.

    Enter the command:

    sudo chown -R [I]yourName[/I]:admin /Volumes/[I]nameOfDrive[/I]
    Enter your password when required.
  3. Ianrepsolcs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2005
    :) got similar from apple support and it unlocked it. my brow has stopped leaking now... thank you so much for your quick help and response Blackheart

    sorry about the double post

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