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Post by errolloving » Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:39 am

I have a Toshiba external hard drive that I have previously transferred photo cd/s to as a backup---now it says: "Read Only"---what did I do and how do I undo it?--thanks

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Re: read only

Post by Stephen Hart » Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:44 pm

Can you give us more detail?

When did this change take place? Can you plug the external drive into another Mac to check?
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Re: read only

Post by errolloving » Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:54 pm

change took place sometime in lat 3 months---can't plug into any other MAC--sorry I know this answer doesn't give you any information.

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Re: read only

Post by Stephen Hart » Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:21 pm

Other smuggers may have something more hopeful to suggest, but I think you need to ask for help from someone who can physically "look at" the drive, using another Mac, and maybe some repair software.
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Re: read only

Post by Jay Cline » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:32 pm

Was the drive originally used on a Windows machine? Was it formatted to use on the Mac? When does it say "read only"?
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Re: read only

Post by Stephen Hart » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:56 pm

Jay Cline wrote:Was the drive originally used on a Windows machine?
Good thought Jay.
I tend to forget that there is a world of Windows.
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Re: read only

Post by errolloving » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:34 pm

Toshiba external hard drive was formatted from/on imac. I am putting a picture cd in the imac--then trying to move desktop icon on toshiba drive and it won't stay there--I've tried dupicates and copies--still won't stay on the Toshiba drive--am I doing this wrong??

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Re: read only

Post by Stephen Hart » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:59 pm

errolloving wrote:Toshiba external hard drive was formatted from/on imac. I am putting a picture cd in the imac--then trying to move desktop icon on toshiba drive and it won't stay there--I've tried dupicates and copies--still won't stay on the Toshiba drive--am I doing this wrong??
Just so we all understand what's going on,

1. In a Finder window, select View > As Columns
2. Insert the CD
3. Select Go > Computer
4. Do you see the CD listed in the Finder window? If so, click on the CD in the Finder column.
5. Do you see files in a column to the right, as if you'd selected a folder?

6. Open a new Finder window (command N) and arrange them so you can see both windows
6. Plug in the external drive if it isn't already plugged in
7. Select Go > Computer
8. You should see the external drive listed. Click it to see its contents.

9. Now try dragging one file from the CD (in one window) to the external (in the other window).
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Re: read only

Post by Jay Cline » Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:14 am

If Steve's post doesn't fix the issue lets see if you've somehow change permissions on the drive. Click once on your external hard drive icon then go the File menu and drop down to Get Info. See what permissions are being used on that drive. Look at the bottom of the Get Info window, do you see Read/Write like my permissions show? If the top one says Read only click the up/down triangle to Read & Write.
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Re: read only

Post by errolloving » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:57 pm

under sharing and permission it says: read only
Then under name and pri ilege it shows:
System--read & write
wheel read only
everyone read only--


looks like that might be the problem??

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