Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2012 2:31 AM (in response to mike c foster)
I currently also have the above problem, (though with a newly installed snow leopard onto my iMac). All of my folders on my external hard drive show folders with a red & white stop sign. Selecting one of the folders prompts: 'The folder “xxxxx” can’t be opened because you don’t have permission to see its contents.'
How did you resolve this issue - any advice would be greatfully recieved.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2012 10:54 AM (in response to mike c foster)
After MANY frustrating hours of trying everything to regain permission to my external hard drives I found an easy and fast solution. FYI- I'm on Snow Leopard 10.6.8, though I believe this solution will work for anyone on Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
1. Download BatChmod.app (http://www.lagentesoft.com/batchmod/index.html).
2. Click on the "File" button and choose the external drive in question.
3. Under Owner, choose "root" and check all 3 boxes (R, W and X). Under Group, choose "admin" and again check all 3 boxes. Under Everyone, again check all 3 boxes. **make sure you've checked the boxes and not just put a line in them...
4. In Options box, check "Change ownership and privileges," check "Clear ACLs (10.5+)" and check "Unlock." Do not check "Clear xattrs."
5. Finally, DO NOT check the box at the bottom that says "Apply to enclosed folders and files," because this is probably similar to what got you locked out of your own external hard drive in the first place!
6. Click on the "Apply" button.
7. Now open finder and open your external hard drive!