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How do I remove all restrictive permissions to entire contents of external drive?

Hi.

I've got a 1TB external harddrive which has been moved from machine to machine and over time seems to have built up a fair number of unwanted restrictive permissions.

I want to set the drive so that anyone accessing the drive has full read/write/create/delete access to every single file and folder, but has no access to change permissions.

Except for 1 user called Administrator who can set permissions, but would only be to wipe all permissions.

The drive only holds normal files and folders and is really a short term backup/transportation device. NTFS was a bad choice in that regard. A simpler filesystem would have been fine.

So, either convert the drive to something other than NTFS (without a wipe/reformat/data loss) or simply wipe the permissions and let everyone do what they like to the data (they do anyway).

Thanks (and a Happy New Year in about 35 mins to those in the UK).

Richard.
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Can I set the permissions on the drive "volume"? Or do I have to select all the files/folders in the root and then apply the permissions? Is there such a thing as "this volumes" permissions?

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