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Clearing read-only attributes

When copying files from a CD to hard drive, you may find that the copied files still have the read-only attribute set. Here’s how to change that setting. Tuesday, April 24, 2001 Clearing read-only attributes When copying files from a CD to hard drive, you may find that the copied files still have the read-only attribute set. Here’s how to change that setting.

When copying files from a CD to hard drive, you may find that the copied files still have the read-only attribute set. This occurs because the file system extensions used to read ISO9660 and Joliet discs in Windows assume that CDs are a read-only medium, so the file system sets the read-only attribute for files on CD.

You can change this setting by starting Windows Explorer and browsing to the folder where your file(s) are located. Right-click the file that you want to reset and click Properties. At the bottom of the Properties dialog, you’ll see check boxes for several settings: Read-only, Hidden, System, and Archive. Uncheck the Read-only check box, click Apply, and click OK. Your file should no longer be read-only. Unfortunately, you will need to repeat this process for each file.

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