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Curtis Thompson
Re: external hard drive permissions issue
on May 16, 2007 at 6:52:34 pm


without knowing your specific user and groups settings, it's hard for me to say...but the overall user and group permissions in os x are explained very nicely here:

basically each file has an owner, group and "everybody else" setting - most likely, all your users are in one of 2 groups - staff or admin. if you set something to be visible to just you and your group, most everybody will still be able to see it...therefore, you'd want to just make the file owner the only one that can see the file. to add a further wrinkle, there is read, write and execute, but it's probably best to just peruse the above article and see if that makes it any less confusing...note that it does focus on actual unix commands instead of gui controls, but the concepts in there are in the permissions dialog, so it should help make it all make a bit more sense...


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