Hi Dave, I am running Mac OS X 10.3.9 and recently encountered a strange occurrence. Instead of the usual tag under my main hard drive(74.4 GB, 24.75 GB used) it shows (74.4 GB). After I used “Get Info” it says i have read-only access. Every time i want to move a file to it, it asks for my admin password. I am normally an admin user, and this has never happened before. Is this a major thing? And how can i change it back to what it was before?
That’s a very strange occurrence, I agree with you. The good news is that one of the standard administrative applications included with Mac OS X will doubtless fix what’s happened on your disk, which is that a folder permission has somehow been messed up.
The program you need is Disk Utility and you can find it in Applications –> Utilities –> Disk Utility. Then simply select the drive you want to fix:
In this case, “X” is my boot drive, and “X2” is my backup drive. I clicked on the “X” drive, then on the button Repair Disk Permissions.
Now the utility will go through the entire file system, making sure that the access permissions and ownership of each major directory matches the recommended configuration from Apple. It’ll take a few minutes, during which time you’ll see information like:
Finally, it’ll be done and I bet your problem will be fixed!