How to stop folders from opening in a new window

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  1. USB123 macrumors member

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    Hi, I got my first mac (mini) today and was transferring files from my external hardrive and each time I selected subfolders, it opened in a new window. How can I stop this?
    Any help is much appreciated, thanks!

    (Btw, I havent used mac in years so quite rusty!)
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    You can set this behaviour in Finders Preferences.

    Under Finder in your MenuBar there is preferences.
     

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    I tried it, it was deselected, and its still doing it! It's not opening in separate windows for folders on the desktop, but its still doing it for my external HDD! :confused:
     
  4. justperry macrumors 604

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    Are your permissions for the external set like the Screenshot below?
     

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    I'm sorry, how do you get that screen up?
     
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    Hold on. No matter what setting you use, when you open a volume from the Desktop that is either not open or open to a directory that is not the root directory of that volume, a new window will be open.

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  7. justperry macrumors 604

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    Click on the disk once and press Command-I or select get info in the Finders Menu Bar under File.

    Screenshot, Command-Shift-4 then click spacebar and click that window.
     
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  9. justperry macrumors 604

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    You forgot to click on the box next to Sharing and permission, it's not in the screenshot.
     
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    It says "You can only read"
     
  11. justperry macrumors 604

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    Don't know if I understand this, if I have a window open on the external disk and click a folder it will open in the same window, if the setting is as above it should have the same behaviour no matter if it's the internal or external disk.

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    Forgot to look at your disk, it is formatted as NTFS and that is probably the reason, it is read only which is standard on an NTFS (Windows) disk, there are drivers though which change this behaviour.

    Right now you can only read the disk, as soon as you want to copy anything to it it will not allow you to do so.
     
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    Forgot to look at your disk, it is formatted as NTFS and that is probably the reason, it is read only which is standard on an NTFS (Windows) disk, there are drivers though which change this behaviour.

    Right now you can only read the disk, as soon as you want to copy anything to it it will not allow you to do so.[/QUOTE]

    How can I change this?
     
  13. justperry macrumors 604

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    Back in 10 - 15 Minutes, I'll Answer them later.
     
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    Ok, thanks for your help!
     
  15. justperry macrumors 604

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    First let me ask you, do you need this external disk with a PC (Windows) at anytime in the future.

    If not it would be better to copy all the data on it to your mac, then partition it as HFS and copy the data back to it.
    Reason is HFS is faster and also native to the OS X file System.

    Here is a link to another Thread on this topic, read GGJstudios comments.

    If you never need it to be able to connect to a Windows machine you can safe yourself money by partitioning it as a native disk as per above instructions.

    There is a driver for mounting HFS disks on Windows but also not free and needs to be installed first.
     
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    Cool, thanks for your help. I was thinking along those lines that the HDD would have to be partitioned. I will look at it tomorrow and do as you suggested.
    Thanks again!
     
  17. justperry macrumors 604

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    No worries, you could get Carbon Copy cloner and create a image on your internal HD and then copy all to the Mac.
    CCC is free up until 3.4.6-3.4.7
    Download Link.
    Be carefull, it is a very powerful Application.
    Like Screenshots below.
    Reverse the order after you partitioned the Disk.
     

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