Messed up my External Hard Drive

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  1. lancestraz macrumors 6502a

    lancestraz

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    I was screwing around with the permissions on one of the partitions of my external hard drive and it gave me an error. After that, when I plug it in nothing appears in the Finder. This is what Disk Utility look like (attached pic).

    I don't really care about the "MacBook Pro Backup" partition, but the "Lance's Stuff" partition has a lot of stuff on it.
     

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  2. seany916 macrumors 6502

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    #2
    Wish I could help. Know that I sympathize with you.
     
  3. plinden macrumors 68040

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    #3
    Can you open a Terminal, then tell us what you get with:
    Code:
    cd /Volumes
    ls -la
    You may have just changed the permissions to not be readable. If so, you should be able to fix it with a chmod in terminal. I doubt that you've damaged anything in the drive just screwing around with permissions, unless there was a pre-existing problem.
     
  4. lancestraz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK. This is what I get.
    Code:
    iMac-G5:~ Stracensky$ cd /Volumes
    iMac-G5:/Volumes Stracensky$ ls -la
    total 8
    drwxrwxrwt    5 root      admin      170 Jul  7 06:31 .
    drwxrwxr-t   28 root      admin     1054 Jul  6 14:02 ..
    d---r-xr-x    9 Stracens  Stracens   408 Jul  6 16:43 Lance's Stuff
    d---rwxr-x   31 Stracens  Stracens  1156 Jul  6 15:41 MacBook Pro Backup
    lrwxr-xr-x    1 root      admin        1 Jul  6 14:02 Macintosh HD -> /
     
  5. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    Code:
    d---r-xr-x    9 Stracens  Stracens   408 Jul  6 16:43 Lance's Stuff
    d---rwxr-x   31 Stracens  Stracens  1156 Jul  6 15:41 MacBook Pro Backup
    Looks like you do not have read/write permission to those folders. When I tried to replicate your problem with my flash drive, the exact same thing happened. I fixed it by
    Code:
    chmod =rwxrwxrwx /Volumes/Files
    so for you..
    chmod =rwxrwxrwx "/Volumes/Lance's Stuff"
    chmod =rwxrwxrwx "/Volumes/MacBook Pro Backup"
    The eject the drive via Disk utility and plug it back in

    Disclaimer: This worked for me. This don't NOT guarantee that it will work for you
     
  6. lancestraz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    #6
    Yay! It worked. YourageniusIloveyou!
    I thought I was sunk.
    Thank you. :D
     
  7. Mernak macrumors 6502

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