Cant delete files on hard drive mac

The problem may lie somewhere around this: if I right click on a folder and goto properties, read-only is checked.


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If I unchecked it and save, it acts like it's applying it to the directory and all sub-directories. When I go back to the properties, it is again as read-only.

[SOLVED] Unable to Delete Folders from External Drive - Data Storage - Spiceworks

I'm assuming somewhere herein lies the problem. Any suggestions??

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This has been an incredible pain for many months. This thread is locked.

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You can follow the question or vote as helpful, but you cannot reply to this thread. I have the same question Gloria - Replied on May 26, In reply to yuhatn's post on May 25, I know there is one called TakeControlOf.

Why cannot delete files from external hard drive?

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Thank you,. Thanks for marking this as the answer. How satisfied are you with this reply? I know the difference between 'delete' and 'remove', have read many discussions threads on the topic of deleting photos and know to attempt the delete from the grid view in their original folder. I used to be able to do this but for some reason it no longer works.

[Solved] Cannot Delete Files from External Hard Drive

How much free disk space do you have? I'm wondering if perhaps you are so full that there isn't even room to put them in the trash. Also could be permissions. Read this article. Repairing permissions: What you need to know Macworld. I also use disk warrior for this type of issue.

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