Permission Issues

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bdemarco, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. bdemarco macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2009
    For some reason, I now have problems copying files/folders from my MacBook Pro document folder to an external hard drive. The message I receive is:
    "The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to access some of the items."
    However, I can go to my Windows 7 laptop, also tied into the network, and from that machine, actually copy the files from my MacBook Pro to the network hard drive.
    The issue is when I attempt from my MacBook Pro to copy.
    Suggestions on how to proceed or where I research an answer?
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Is the drive formatted in NTFS? As I recall I would get that message since OS X can not natively write to NTFS just read. To write to NTFS you will need to install MacFUSE and NTFS-3G.

    Otherwise you should be able to select Get Info on the drive itself and check the ignore ownership on this volume option.
  3. Arrandale macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    you can edit permissions in the info window (select folder, then cmd-i) or by using command line tools. make sure the write permission is set to 'all'
  4. bdemarco thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2009
    network drive is NTFS

    thanks for your help
    will look into your suggestions here

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