[Pro] Can't download stuff!

Hi all, we had a thunderstorm and a power cut a few days ago and since then I’ve been having a few little niggling problems (apart from losing 1 external hard drive).

When I download stuff, I get the message “Error - Permission denied” for my normal downloads folder on my Mac, and also on a folder I created on an external. I’ve repaired permissions on the Mac, and still the same, but the external won’t let me repair permission with Disk Utility or Disk Warrior, they’re greyed out.

Any idea how to get things working again?

Thanks in advance.
Trev


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In the Finder, you should make sure that you have Read and Write permissions for your Downloads folder. Get Info on that folder and at the bottom of it is Sharing & Permissions. Next to your user name/login name on your computer you should make sure Read & Write is selected. You may have to authorize with an admin username and password to do this.


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Hi Joe, yes I’ve done this on both the Mac’s download folder and on the external, the settings for both are:
Me - Read & Write
The middle one is set to Read Only, but just says ‘fetching the whole time’
everyone - Read Only

And any idea why the external should be greyed out when I try to Repair Permissions?

Thanks for the reply
Trev

On 22 Jul 2012, at 15:06, Joe Muscara wrote:

In the Finder, you should make sure that you have Read and Write permissions for your Downloads folder. Get Info on that folder and at the bottom of it is Sharing & Permissions. Next to your user name/login name on your computer you should make sure Read & Write is selected. You may have to authorize with an admin username and password to do this.


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You could try setting the permissions for everyone to read and write, but it shouldn’t be necessary.

Repairing Permissions only works on disks with the OS on them, or it might just be the startup disk. What it does is compare the info from the installer packages in /Library/Receipts with what’s on the disk. For more info, check out this article, and the article linked at the end under Additional Information.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1452?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

I just ran across this (written by a guy from my local paper), and maybe it will help you out.


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That explains a lot, thanks Joe.
On 23 Jul 2012, at 12:00, Joe Muscara wrote:

Repairing Permissions only works on disks with the OS on them, or it might just be the startup disk. What it does is compare the info from the installer packages in /Library/Receipts with what’s on the disk. For more info, check out this article, and the article linked at the end under Additional Information.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1452?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

I just ran across this (written by a guy from my local paper), and maybe it will help you out.

http://blog.chron.com/techblog/2011/09/want-to-really-repair-permissions-on-your-mac-try-this/


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