I can no longer edit ANYTHING on my External HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by supergabs14, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. supergabs14 macrumors newbie

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    As the thread title says I can no longer edit anything on my External HDD (change name, delete, rename etc.).

    First I used this HDD for my movies only.
    After a few days I got the idea to use it as a TimeMachine backup as well at the same time. At first it worked great but slowly(it started with just a few) I could no longer edit my movies. I deactivated TimeMachine and wanted to delete the backup.backupdb but every time I try to delete something in the HDD it gives error 'Right: com.apple.desktopservices'

    I have tried changing the permissions: Read and write
    I have tried Repair Disc Permissions in Disc Utilities but the option is grayed out.

    Is there anyway to get the permissions back? I COULD reformat the entire drive but I really want to keep my movies (150 GB worth).

    INFO:
    Mac OS 10.6.2
    Movies are located on an external HDD connected through USB.
    The EHDD is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and is 1TB in size.
     
  2. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    move your movies to your main HD then format?
     
  3. supergabs14 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    @ Bennieboy©
    My HDD is big enough to hold all my movies.
    The thought has crossed my mind but the problem is if I move a movie to my HDD I STILL cannot edit it. It still belongs to desktopservices or whatever.
     
  4. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    just a query, but if your movies have all got names, then why would you want to edit them?

    hmm, can you edit the permissions via right clicking the drive?
     

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  5. supergabs14 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I use unwatched/favourite/watched labels for my movies.
    Also sometimes I want to delete some files or change the description.

    Changing the permissions has no effect on wether or not I can edit it :/
    I did it for the Entire HD and all it's contents but as you can see the options are still grayed out.
     

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