How to share files between Lion and SL

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Saturn1217, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    Sorry for the noob question. I really tried to search but I have a feeling this question is so basic that no one has taken the time to explain it properly.

    I installed Lion on the second partition of my hard drive. I still have my SL install on the other.

    I would like to copy files from SL into Lion from my home folder in SL but when I look at my SL partition all I see are folders with the minus signs. I know that I don't have permissions to look at these folders in Lion. How do I get these permissions? Do I do this in Lion or in SL? I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the get info dialogue but I'm afraid of screwing something up on my snow leopard install which I need for work.

    Do I add my Lion account here?

    Thanks in advance! This has confused me for a while.

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  2. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2008
    United States
    Save yourself the hassle and just install dropbox. I know it's not the solution you where looking for but it works.
  3. Saturn1217 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    Thanks but I'm trying to move basically everything (I'll need like +100GB of space)

    So is this not as simple as I thought it was? Anyone?
  4. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Is the screenshot showing the permission settings for your whole SL partition or just some folder? I'm speaking from my Snow Leopard experience here, but I would have expected there to be a checkbox to enable ignoring ownership on the volume...
  5. Saturn1217 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    This is just of my home folder. I've read about the checkbox you mentioned but I didn't know you had to select the whole volume for it to work. Thanks!

    I already found a solution that is good enough for me. I added the group (or user?) admin to my home folder and then gave it read write access. Now my Lion install, can see the folders in SL for just my standard user account (which is the one I use in SL so this is exactly what I wanted)

    Thanks for the help!
  6. SiPat macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    If you know what you are doing, it is easier to login as root and all those minus signs will disappear -- you do this at your own risk.

    Boot into Lion, go to Systems Preferences -->Accounts, unlock the lock, CTRL-click on your account name, select Advanced Options... and the fifth box allows you to change your Home directory -- click on Change... button and link to your Snow Leopard user folder.

    As a precaution, I would first boot into SnoLeo, copy the Home folder to another location and link to that for testing purposes. Once you're happy everything works fine, re-link to SnoLeo user folder. Once again:

    you do this at your own risk
  7. Madd the Sane macrumors 6502a

    Madd the Sane

    Nov 8, 2010
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    The reason why you might not have permission to see items in your home folder could be because the user number on your Lion installation is different than your Snow Leopard one.

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