Software :: Can't Save Files To Desktop - Cannot Change Contents Of Folder

Feb 25, 2009

I recently used Migration Assistant to move my desktop computer's files to my MacBook Pro. All is well, besides the fact that I now have three users on my MacBook Pro ; my original account, my transferred account, and a test account (but that's not the issue). I cannot save files to my desktop anymore, in the account that was migrated over from my desktop to my Macbook. I get an error that says the following: /Users/Desktop/(filename) could not be saved, because you do cannot change the contents of that folder. Change folder properties and try again, or try saving in a different location.

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Applications :: Unable To Download Anything / Cannot Change The Contents Of The Folder

Jan 25, 2009

I upgraded the hard drive in my iMac to a larger one and upgraded to Leopard. Now every time I try to download something I get this message:

/Users//barrydunlap/Desktop/4tvmS0Z1.exe.part could not be saved, because you cannot change the contents of that folder.

Change the folder properties and try again, or try saving in a different location.I have changed the download location multiple times but no help.

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Feb 21, 2012

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Mar 12, 2012

I'm running Lion on an 27" iMac (first i7 iteration), and have a folder on an external HDD that contains a couple of hundred subfolders. 

However - when viewing them in Finder, only the first hundred or so display. 

The others are there - searching the disc finds the folders and their contents and, once, the contents are located, they'll display in the expanded view. 

I copied the offending folder across to the Mac's main HD, but this behaviour came across with it.  This, by the way, was happening on Snow Leopard too before I upgraded to Lion. 

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MacBook Air :: Unable To Save Files To Desktop

Feb 24, 2012

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OS X :: Not Able To Save Files On Desktop After Installing New Office 2008

Dec 15, 2009

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OS X Mavericks :: WD 1TB HD Doesn't Allow To Change / Save Or Modify Old Files

Aug 28, 2014

I have upgraded from Snow Leopard to Maverick and now all the old files I had saved in my external HD cannot be modified.

I can open them, for example in photohop CS6, but cannot save them or modify cause apparently "have no permission".

I went to Get Info and change the permissions to Write & Read for all the users available + admin but still no joy.

Someone suggested to use disk Utility to repair the permissions but the option is greyed out when I select the WD...

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Aug 22, 2014

I wrongly assumed that when you go to system settings to select the scratch disks (root folder where all the audio and video render folders and files go, capture files, etc.) that Final Cut would save the folder locations within the FC project you are working in. Makes total sense, but for reasons I don't understand, FC does NOT save these folder locations and the result is that I have render files scattered all over the place on my hard drive and it is quite a mess! Fortunately, the project file remembers where it put the render files, so as long as you don't remove or rename any project folders, everything shows up rendered on the time line as it should. The problem is, if I'm working on several projects at once, I have to reset the scratch disks every time I reopen a project, otherwise the program will save it to the last scratch location selected and put all of the render files in another project's folder. I often forget to reset the scratch disks when I'm busy and now I have render files mixed up in various project folders.  

Why can't you just set the scratch disks one time when you first set up the project and have the project always remember that location, instead of always having to reset them every time you reopen a project. I love Final Cut, but this is a product defect that should be addressed and corrected. If the project file can remember where it is putting all the render files, it should also be capable of remembering the scratch disk locations you originally selected when you first set up the project or better yet, save it to the project's root folder by default.

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Software :: Copy Folder Deletes Original Folder Contents THEN Copies New Ones

Oct 29, 2008

I've come across a strange behaviour of Finder when copying a folder over another with the same name. I'm using 10.4.11.

Say I have a folder named "Test" and it contains "File1" and "File2" and I copy it over another folder named "Test", which contains "File3" and "File4".
After copying I would expect folder "Test" to contain all four files, but it doesn't! It will only contain the two that I copied over, the original two will be deleted.

Is there any way to have finder replace files of the same name when copying and retain all other files in the destination folder?

/Test/File3, File4After:
/Test/File1, File2Desired:
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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: How To Copy The Folder Structure Without The Folder Contents

Apr 28, 2012

I would like to create an archive of important application installers and I will sync the contents between two systems MacPro and Macbook Pro. 

I need to pull the names of the application/developers from somewhere so I figured I would use the Application Support directory. 

So I need a way to copy this directories folder structure without any of the file contents.  Is there an easy way to do this.  I found a post with an Automator script but the link is dead [URL]

I also found this post that refers to doing it in terminal but since it is the app support directory I am wary to do this as I am not familiar with terminal at all and I am not clear on what exactly to write in the old_dir / new_dir section.  I figure it would be something like this /Library/Application Support but I dont want to make a mistake. 

Here is the Terminal command:

cd old_dir
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Oct 25, 2009

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Safari :: Why Is The Contents Of Downloads Folder Different Than The Actual Folder

Apr 20, 2012

Why is the contents of Safari's downloads folder different than the actual folder that resides in my users folder?

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Feb 22, 2010

I've been using Macs for awhile, and am growing to love them for sure. I'm starting to dabble with Applescript, and things like that... just delving into the magic of Apple products, and I'm coming up with a few questions, one of which I'm posting here!

I'm interested in leaving three icons on the desktop at all times. My "Macintosh HD" icon, a "Lost&Found" folder and a alias to a server I use consistently. All other files I want moved into the Lost&Found Folder on a consistent basis, and I want to delete these files weekly, or bi-weekly. I'm unsure as to if I should make an Applescript for this, or if there's a utility out there to do this. I have looked around a bit already, and haven't found much.

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Software :: Files From Desktop Folder Suddenly Missing

Mar 28, 2009

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Apr 22, 2009

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MacBook Pro :: Add Entire Contents Of Desktop HD?

Nov 27, 2009

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OS X :: Can I Compare The Contents Of One Folder With Another

Sep 3, 2009

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OS X :: How To Merge Folder Contents Not Replace

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OS X :: Deleting Contents Of Downloads Folder Okay?

Jul 8, 2010

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Move A Folder With Its Contents?

Mar 17, 2012

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Intel Mac :: Get Contents Of A Folder To Show?

Mar 27, 2012

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Does Mac not have this capability that is found in Windows explorer? Do I need to set some permission in order to view the contents? I'm mystified as to why this isn't a set feature on the Mac. How do I get the contents of a folder in Mac to show *without* tediously opening up each folder?


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Jun 7, 2012

I had created 3 personal folders In my Home folder. I then created a new folder called "active folder" and dragged these 3 folders inside, removing them from the Home folder. I then dragged my newly created folder "Active Folder" to the Sidebar of the finder. When I had closed finder and reopened it - the "active Folder" folder was unable to open. A friend tried to help- dragged "active folder" off the sidebar.. and it disappeared with a cloud effect. I cant find that folder or its NB contents anywhere?

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Sep 27, 2010

I've come to my wit's end now - I've got about 10K plus of photos in my folder which I have nicely organized and grouped with different labels and comments. I would like to now convert the list of files with all attributes into a document. I've tried the copy and paste tricks with Textedit as well as several folder actions offered in Automator -to no avail as all I've got is just a list with file names which is more or less useless to me. It seems that during the process only the files names are copied but not other infos like label, size etc. Is there something I have missed here? I would be extremely grateful if someone could throw some light here.

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Mac Pro :: Taking Long To Read Folder Contents With New HD?

Apr 29, 2009

I have a macpro 08, with a 500gb hd. Now I buy a WD "black" HD (WDGWD1001FALS) 1tb!

1) I erase and install leopard on the 500gb, result slow read on folders content, around 9 seconds to read content of folders.
2) I eject of macpro the 1tb, and erase and install leopard again 500gb, when done... oh now great folders content load well! so I insert the 2nd hd 1tb... everything well for 1 day... now I feel again a delay on load folders! But this time is not 9 seconds! is around 2 or 3!

My question, what happened, is normal, that when insert a 2nd or 3 or 4 HDs load folders is a little more slow? I create a screenshot video attachment.

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OS X :: Print Out Text File With The Contents Of Folder?

May 31, 2009

This is my first Mac and on my PC I would occasionally email myself a simple list consisting of what programs I have installed so that next time I format (or if something goes wrong) I would know what I had installed. Problem is, with this Mac I have too many quality software to type out by hand so I'm wondering if there is a program or a function built in to OS X (maybe terminal command even, but I'd prefer something visual) to list the contents of a folder and save it to a text file?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: The Folder Can't Be Opened Because You Don't Have Permission To See Its Contents

Mar 28, 2012

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Jun 5, 2012

So I have imported all my music from my HD to itunes without unchecking the import to media folder. I would like to delete it from my media on the imac whilst still retaining it on itunes. Advise  so far given is delete completely from itunes therefore the media folder being deleted and then import again without importing to media folder.Is there a way to delete the contents of the music folder? 


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OS X :: Time Machine Restores The Top Level Folder Without It's Contents?

Feb 9, 2010

I'm having some problem with my Time Machine. When I restore a folder thats full of other folders, and files. Time Machine just restores the top level folder without it's contents.

And sometimes when I restore a single file, it asks for my admin password.

I've repaired permissions across both my external HD and my internal one.

I've re-installed, and restored the OS, from a back-up.

Problem is that, Time Machine works fine for other accounts.

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