Discussion in 'macOS' started by eurobass, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. eurobass macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2008
    Hey All,

    I have a situation.

    I'm a photographer that stores all of my photos on two external hard drives. They are 2- 1TB drives that share 1 enclosure and 1 USB that connects both drives simultaneously. Drive A is an exact copy of Drive B.


    Four separate folders.

    I recently got an Airport Extreme for the sole purpose of accessing my photos wireless. I have a roommate in my apartment, who I plan to share the drives with, however, I would like to create some kind of read/write rule so that he cannot access anything on the (PHOTOS) folder.

    I've tried the app, "Hide Folders", which is great, but will not let me work on the folders while the folders are hidden.

    I need the PHOTOS folder to be visible, but not accessible by anything other than myself.

    Any help will be great.


  2. oli2140 macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2008
    You can create a password protected image file in disk utility. This will mean that you need to have a password to mount the folder on your desktop. This will only work with macs though..
  3. eurobass thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2008
    Isn't there a way to use the permissions under "get info" to allow only people logged in under my name to access the folder?
  4. mlts22 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    You could use a free (licensed at no charge) product called TrueCrypt which can allow you to have the files accessible by Macs, Windows machines, and Linux boxes. Create a TC volume (which will be a large file), put your pictures in that.
  5. fleshman03 macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2008
    Sioux City, IA
    Yes. Here's how:

    Select the folder, but do not open it.
    Press control i
    Look for "Sharing & Permissions." It'll be at the bottom. You will need to click the little lock at the bottom right.
    OSX should ask for your system password.
    You can change who you want to read/write or view the file. If you only want people logged in under your account to see the folder, set system and admin to read & write. You'll want everyone to be set to no access.

    Sidebar: you can add people to be allowed to view/edit the folder. Just click the + button on the left. (By the lock.)

    Sidebar 2: IMPORTANT!
    I have not used methods like this for my purposes. Be careful with what you do. You do not want to lock yourself or the system out of these folders.

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