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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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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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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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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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