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CMathis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
For no apparent reason, several of my drives and or partitions have become locked. They have a small padlock icon attached to them.

When I "Get Info" to change the permissions, all the permissions are set to "Custom" and I cannot change it.

Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 1. Re: Drives Locked!
    V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
    run the following terminal commands (copy and paste, please)


    sudo chflags 0 /volumes/*

    sudo chmod a+rx /volumes/*


    you'll have to enter your admin password (which you won't see). that's normal. this should unlock your drives.
  • 2. Re: Drives Locked!
    CMathis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    WOW!

    Thank you so much. That worked.
  • 3. Re: Drives Locked!
    Encinobro Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The locked drive thing happened to me right in the middle of a critical, and I mean critical edit session.
    A thousand thanks for the chmod info. It worked and I got through the sessions. Long live the Mac community.
  • 4. Re: Drives Locked!
    All Bus! Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    are the commands the same from using terminal on the mac os install dvd?
  • 5. Re: Drives Locked!
    Luc de Hemptinne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the SAME problem : the "system" user has dissapeared and other users have "personnalised" priviledges whilst the Hard Disk is locked..

    Should I replace the last "*" in each line by any volume name ???

    Thanks a lot, it didn't worked so far for me
  • 6. Re: Drives Locked!
    Navarro Parker - Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
    I started up with my Mac's install DVD. When I go to Terminal, it says

    '-bash: sudo: command not found'
  • 7. Re: Drives Locked!
    jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
    I started up with my Mac's install DVD


    From there you are already running as root, with no need for "sudo."
  • 8. Re: Drives Locked!
    Vialatte_94_FR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Wiremonkey,

    Simply try (with guaranteed success) BatChmod by Renaud Boisjoly
    (a frog eater like me),
    or FileXaminer by (I don't remember,
    it's said on BatChmod site).

    These softwares solve ANY privileges and permissions issues,
    and *even more*, but *be careful*.

    They both are free, but you should give them $10,
    as I did myself, when I solved my *Disks Locked* problem
    (Have a look by searching "disks locked" in discussions.apple,
    or search "Eww" or "Olivier Herrbach").

    If you want something more expensive (is it reassuring ?),
    MacPilot (Koingo), *TinkerTool System* (Marcel Brezinc),
    iRepair, Cocktail and many other softwares
    (I can tell you the names by searching)
    have dedicated sections to solve these …
    let’s say, ennoying authorizations issues.

    There's absolutely *no need* to go into Terminal.

    I hope having helped you ?

    Best regards,

    Vialatte
  • 9. Re: Drives Locked!
    Vialatte_94_FR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Excuse me, CMathis, for having called you WireMonkey !

    It's because I just replied to him.

    Good luck !

    Vialatte
  • 10. Re: Drives Locked!
    Vialatte_94_FR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Good evening, Luc de Hemptinne,

    I supposed your drives icons have a little lock, and that,
    with Get Info, Privileges and Permissions are "Custom", isn’t it ?

    Simply try (with guaranteed success) BatChmod by Renaud Boisjoly
    (a frog eater like me),
    or FileXaminer by (I don't remember,
    it's said on BatChmod site).

    These softwares solve ANY privileges and permissions issues,
    and *even more*, but *be careful*.

    They both are free, but you should give them $10,
    as I did myself, when I solved my *Disks Locked* problem
    (Have a look by searching "disks locked" in discussions.apple,
    or search "Eww" or "Olivier Herrbach").

    If you want something more expensive (is it reassuring ?),
    MacPilot (Koingo), *TinkerTool System* (Marcel Brezinc),
    iRepair, Cocktail and many other softwares
    (I can tell you the names by searching)
    have dedicated sections to solve these …
    let’s say, ennoying authorizations issues.

    There's absolutely *no need* to go into Terminal.

    I hope having helped you ?

    Best regards,

    Vialatte
  • 11. Re: Drives Locked!
    disappearingamerica Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm locked out of my internal hard drive on my Pro Mac (running Snow Leopard). I downloaded FileXaminer to try and get back into it, but I get the following error: +Error getting information for /Volumes/Photos 750.+ (Photos 750 is the name of one of my drives). I am glad I waited to pay the $10, b/c either I'm doing something wrong, or FileXaminer won't work on my drive. Can you help?
  • 12. Re: Drives Locked!
    disappearingamerica Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hah! Nevermind... FileXaminer wouldn't do anything. But BatChmod fixed everything. Yay! Thanks.
  • 13. Re: Drives Locked!
    David Glick1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    VK my drive is also locked up. can you walk me through. I opened terminal and pasted

    sudo chflags 0 /volumes/*

    sudo chmod a+rx /volumes/*

    nothing happens
  • 14. Re: Drives Locked!
    David Tozer Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    FYI, I just posted my solution to this problem on the following thread, last post (as of now anyway):

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2135793&tstart=0

    Hope it helps.
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