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    Windows Folders locked

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    Windows Folders locked
    I guess Mac OS X Leopard is treating all the folders I have on my USB hard drive from Windows XP (My Music, My Pictures, My...etc) as locked system directories. Since it did not create them, it seems that I cannot use the "Repair Privileges Utility" to reset permissions back to normal. I want to copy more files into "My Pictures" on my USB hard drive (which acts as a scratch drive for my pictures), rename it Pictures. This volume is a USB hard drive that contains a backup of my roommate's hard drive, thus it would be difficult and time-consuming to copy the files to a new folder on the Mac volume, reformat the USB disk and copy back the files (and I do not know if my roommate would be able to see the new volume on his Windows box). how do I unlock these folders? thank you.

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    What file system is the USB drive formatted in? If it's NTFS, then OS X is incapable of writing to an NTFS-formatted drive. It can read it, but not write to it.

    If this is the case, then I recommend installing a couple free packages for OS X that will enable it to write to NTFS-drives. First you need to install MacFUSE:
    http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/

    After installing that, reboot, then install NTFS-3G:
    http://www.ntfs-3g.org/

    This should work out for ya. Let us know one way or the other.

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    Windows Folders locked

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    USB drive now not mounting
    I followed your instructions and now I get this error message when I plug in (ie mount) the USB hard drive:

    NTFS-#G could not mount /dev/disk1s1 at /Volumes/Untitled because the following error occurred:

    $LogFile indicates unclean shutdown (0, 0)
    Failed to mount '/dev/disk1s1': Operation not supported
    Mount is denied because NTFS is marked to be in use. Choose one action:

    Choice 1: If you have Windows.... (omitted because it is irrelevant)

    Choice 2: If you don't have Windows then you can use the 'force' option for your own responsibilty. For example type on the command line:

    mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/disk1s1 /Volumes/Untitled -o force

    Or add the option to the relevant row in the /etc/fstab file:

    /dev/disk1s1 /Volumes/Untitled ntfs-3g defaults,force 0 0

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    Specs:
    Black MacBook- 2.2GHz, 1gb RAM, 160GB, Double-Layer Superdrive.
    I would copy all the files onto another computer if possible and than format the Flash drive using disk utility and than copy them back on and see if it works.

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    Not a flash drive
    This is an 160GB External Drive. I don't know if this makes a difference. Also, please tell me how to uninstall NTFS-3g; I need to at least have access to this drive (before I installed NTFS-3g I had access to this drive--and some of the files could be modified--just not the Windows "My ..." directories) Thank you.

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    If the drive is formatted in NTFS, then you couldn't have modified files before installing NTFS-3G. OS X, without any 3rd-party help, CANNOT write to NTFS volumes, only read. I have NTFS-3G on my system and I can read/write/modify/do-as-I-please to anything on my Windows XP partition, so something else is wrong with your set up.

    You did install MacFUSE first, didn't you?

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