Leopard locked my My Documents folder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by joeyjoe9, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. joeyjoe9 macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2007
    I formatted my Boot Camp partition to be FAT32 specifically so I would have access to the My Documents folder on the Windows side, but Leopard has now inexplicably locked that folder, preventing me from saving to that folder. I cannot un-lock from either the Mac or Windows side.

    Anybody know what I can do?
  2. illuminous macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2007
    I have had the exact same problem with a folder on my external hard disk. It is locked in leopard, so cannot add or delete anything from it. To do anything I have to restart into Windows, where I can access it. I have tried removing the 'Locked' option using finder but it just won't let me??? Help!!!
  3. theman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2007
    when i moved a bunch of folders from my old pc to my MBP, it kept locking down some of them, seemingly randomly. i don't understand why.
  4. Manna macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2007
    I´ve had the same thing happen to me. Several, seemingly random, folders on my external hdd have been locked since I installed Leopard. I´ve tried all sorts of things, anyone know a fix for this?
  5. bacchuswng macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2007
    In modern versions of Windows, the read-only bit on folders designates them as "special folders." This includes folders such as Program Files, My Documents, My Pictures, etc. Note that Windows Explorer itself does *not* respect the read-only bit (i.e. it allows people to arbitrarily modify these folders), and all of this was apparently done "by design" (although this is quite possibly the most idiotic design I have heard in a while). More info on that here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326549

    Anyway, Leopard respects the read-only bit, and as a result, you see the lock in Finder. The way to get around this is by removing the read-only bit. As Windows Explorer itself will not allow you to do this, you must do it in the (Windows) command line using attrib. For example:

    attrib -r +s "C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents"

    Although Windows Explorer will not confirm that the read-only bit has been disabled, typing in attrib without the -r +s will confirm this. Note that I am adding a +s to turn on the system flag, which is the suggested workaround by Microsoft (in the link above).

    You should be able to write in those folders after this.
  6. catroom macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2007
    still can't copy from OSX partition to Win XP

    I’ve created a bootcamp partition (FAT32) in Leopard, installed Win XP and all my applications etc and everything works OK. Except now, when booted into MacOSX, I cannot copy files from the Mac side into My Documents folder in the Win Partition like I used to be able to do in Tiger. Whenever I try, a window comes up saying “The operation cannot be completed because you do not have sufficient privileges for some of the items”. It seems that it will copy whatever folders I want to copy but not the docs in those folders????

    Some of the folders in the Win partition are locked so I tried the suggestion above and although they get unlocked I still can't copy.

    Anyone else had success?
  7. kenjidnb macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2008
    All comprehensive and very nice answer!

    Thank you bacchuswng, you fixed my problem!! :eek:
  8. penthang macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2005
    On an apple support forum I read that a folder containing a desktop.ini file could not be unlocked with the answer being to delete this file. I haven't tried this yet but it seemed to work for the folks there.
  9. leena macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2008
    does anyone know if it's possible to remove this bit without using windows?

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