HOWTO: find and unlock locked files scattered on your Mac OSX local and removable hard drives

Want to share this cool trick:

Apple – Support – Discussions – Finding myriad locked files …

Open the Terminal application.
Type:

cd
and a space. Now drag the hard drive icon on the Desktop to the Terminal window. This will produce the absolute path to the drive at mount point /Volumes. The text should look similar to this:

cd /Volumes/
Press the return key. You are now in the directory that contains the contents of your external drive.
To search for locked files use this command:

find . -flags uchg

If you receive any permissions error then:

sudo find . -flags uchg

Use this command to remove the lock on the files found:

sudo find . -flags uchg -exec chflags nouchg {} \;

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~ by WPA Staff on April 26, 2010.

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