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Unlocking many files
Authored by: absorber on Dec 13, '01 09:42:40PM

I recently had the bad luck of running NAV 7 and it locked about 70 per cent of the files on my hard drive. This creates a real problem when the locked files are preferences or identities and such. I considered trying to write a script to unlock them but have selectively been unlocking them using the Get Info (CMD I). The trick to doing it fast is to sort the files in List View by Kind. Then select ALL the individual files in the list, deselecting any folders you accidentally select. Now press Command I and the Get Info Window will appear. If none of the files are locked the check box in the window will be empty. If all the files are locked the check box will be checked. If there is a mixture of locked and unlocked, a dash will be in the box. Click on the box to change them all to unlocked. (I don't know if there is a limit to the number of files you can open at once, but I have done a bunch.) Open the next folder and repeat...

This is the fastest method I have found. If anyone knows of an easier method or has written a script to go through a whole drive and unlock all the files, I would love to try it. Meanwhile no more Norton for me.

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