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  • S3rL
    Posts: 1
    Joined: Feb 9th, 2013, 06:28
    Unlock Read-Only .txt file
    I'm trying to edit a .txt file inside a device/external hard drive(it's under the Devices tab in finder) I've tried get info, looked under general and the Locked box was unchecked, I looked under Sharing & Permissions and under Privilege it says Read & Write by my name, but it also says You can only read under the tab. I open the .txt file and I click the unlock option, and a message comes up and says: The file "Plugins.txt" is on a read-only volume and cannot be unlocked. Is there any way I can fix this to edit the file?
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  • BenB
    Posts: 501
    Joined: Feb 14th, 2011, 04:27
    Re: Re: Unlock Read-Only .txt file
    It is not the file, it is the Device, the drive itself. I may be repeating what you've already done, but to be safe... 1- On your Desktop, highlight the drive. Use Command-i to access the Get Info window. Correct the permission there. 2- Do the same for the file itself. 3- If neither of those work, copy the file to your Desktop. Then open it.
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  • GaryHiebner
    Posts: 1434
    Joined: May 6th, 2007, 12:54
    Re: Unlock Read-Only .txt file
    You can also change the permissions through the Terminal (Applications > Utilities). When Terminal launches type the following: chmod 755 Press spacebar, and then drag your text file to the terminal. This will add the location of the text file. Now press Return. It will ask for your username password, enter this and press return. Now the permissions for the file will be set to Read & Write
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  • jabbs7
    Posts: 1
    Joined: Jan 17th, 2014, 09:33
    Re: Unlock Read-Only .txt file
    @Gary I tried your "chmod" solution to this problem and received the following message "chmod: Unable to change file mode on [insert file name] : Operation not permitted" Do you have any other ideas on how to unlock a .txt file? I'm running 10.9.1 Thank you. Jason
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  • Rounik Admin
    Posts: 8713
    Joined: Dec 16th, 2006, 08:13
    Re: Unlock Read-Only .txt file
    Hi jabbs7, Did you try Ben's suggestion below: [quote=BenB]It is not the file, it is the Device, the drive itself. I may be repeating what you've already done, but to be safe... 1- On your Desktop, highlight the drive. Use Command-i to access the Get Info window. Correct the permission there. 2- Do the same for the file itself. 3- If neither of those work, copy the file to your Desktop. Then open it.[/quote]
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