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How to unlock a folder

I have a SimpleTech Signature Mini and tried to drag files into one of the folders there but it would not allow it saying the folder could not be modified and I noticed a little lock on the folder.  I don't recall locking the folder but can't seem to figure out how to unlock it so I can add more files.  If anyone can tell me how to unlock a folder I'd appreciate it.  Thanks for any help.

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  • RoseRayne Sep 12, 2008

    Thanks for responding. 

    I can't seem to create a new folder (can't seem to figure out how by the usual methods I would use). Any suggestions?  I've been essentially just using this to drag and drop my files to back them up.  

  • hckarthik700 Feb 17, 2009

    I Have forgot the password to open the the folder

  • rich medrano
    rich medrano May 11, 2010

    You may have to be logged on as an administrator. Can you create a new folder on the drive for a test?

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    i would like to just lock my folders so that i cannot delete them and also i do not want to lock my passport?



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Go to 'my computer' and right click on the icon for the drive. go to properties, see if the drive is full. Other than that i don't know at this moment.

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