Preventing Accidental Deletion of Folder and Files

in Mac Software edited January 2014
How do I prevent accidental deletion of Folder that keeps my financial data files under Mac OSX 10.5.5?


  • Reply 1 of 4
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,229moderator
    You could change the owner to system. This way every change you make to the folder, you have to put in your password just like the actual system folder.

    Hit Get Info and change owner to system. You will likely have to relaunch the Finder. Also give your user account read-only permissions.

    Basically set permissions to:

    Owner: System

    Access: Read & Write

    Group: <your user name>

    Access: Read-only

    Others: Read-only or No Access

    Having to authorize every change can be a nuisance though. If you back the folder up regularly, you should be ok.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    yamayama Posts: 427member
    Do a File > Get Info and then check the "Locked" option. This will prevent the file from being deleted even if you put it in the Trash and try to empty it.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    bbwibbwi Posts: 812member
    start using Time Machine
  • Reply 4 of 4
    Originally Posted by bbwi View Post

    start using Time Machine

    Quoted for emphasis. Seriously. Buy a backup drive NOW if you don't have one.
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