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how to take ownership of a folder

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joshua173 Calculating status...
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Jan 20, 2013 9:42 PM

I am going back and reviving an old NAS that I used to use. It is a WDC Worldbook edition. The problem I have is that I previously set up several folders with ownership permissions and I have no clue what the logon info is. Is there a way to forcefully take up ownership of those folders so that I may access the contents again?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Adam Mercado Calculating status...
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    Jan 29, 2013 12:38 PM (in response to joshua173)

    Use Terminal to change the ownership of the drive. Type 'man chown' (without quotes) into Termimal for the full manual on chown. I'm in the same boat now, I'm just learning the correct syntax to invoke the command without doing more damage, so I can't help more beyond that. But that is defintely the way to go.


    You may have to invoke the Super User before you can use chown. To do that you will need to type 'sudo' (without quotes) and enter your Admin User password to proceed. Again, type 'man sudo' to get the full manual in Terminal


    HTH, good luck

  • iTechGuy Calculating status...
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    Jan 29, 2013 1:06 PM (in response to joshua173)

    The proper syntax to change permissions is:


    sudo chown -R [username]:[group] [file\folder name]


    For example:


    sudo chown -R example:staff ~\Downloads


    I've had to change permission settings before, so hope is not lost.


    And to change it so that you can read/write the data:


    sudo chmod -R 755 ~\Downloads, or whatever the directory is.


    Good luck to you!

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,440 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 5:24 PM (in response to joshua173)

    A true NAS would manage all permissions in its own management system, likely through a web interface. You can't change them from the OS.


    Check the documentation on how to reset the NAS password to default.


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