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Old Jul 11, 2003, 12:41 PM   #1
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Default Read-only attributes from CD: Rave from the grave

I keep finding the read-only attribute on image files I've restored from CD to be a nuisance, especially if I embark on a batch-resize or similar, and the whole job fails because of the write-protection.

Then in a curious memory flash, I remembered that in the olden days I used to do this under DOS, and in a DOS window....

attrib -r *.* /s

...worked perfectly on my Win98SE system and removed the whole tree's protection.

Some ingenuity may be needed to find the right folder with long filenames
(e.g., CD MYDOCU~1
DIR DIGI*
CD DIGICAMP~1).

Someone asked about how to do this a few days ago, and was recommended a piece of software, but I can't find the message to add a reply to it.

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Ever behind the times,
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Old Jul 11, 2003, 2:53 PM   #2
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You can do this just as easily using Windows Explorer, just tag all files in the folder (Ctrl-A) and then pull down file menu and click on Properties, uncheck read-only and apply - voilla!

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click on Properties, uncheck read-only and apply -
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Ah, but at least in Win98SE, you'll have to do this in all the folders down the tree; it's not recursive. I've tried it many times.
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Old Jul 11, 2003, 9:09 PM   #4
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Default Read-only can cause problems with software, too!

If you copy some software to CD for the purpose of transfering the files to another computer, and it doesn't work right after transfered to the new machine, the read-only attribute is the first thing I'd check. For example, if your program won't save the current settings after exiting, or doesn't update thumbnails, I'd say the most likely culprit is that some of the files accidentally got the read-only bit turned ON. Knowing this little tidbit of information can save you a lot of time and trouble...Thanks, Alan T for starting this thread!
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Old Jul 11, 2003, 11:09 PM   #5
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Default Where was the other 'read-only' thread?

Can anyone else find the other mention of 'read-only' , and a reply with a link to a software site, in these forums from a week or so ago? I've tried using 'search' on the banner at the top of the page, but can't find it, which is why I resorted to DOS.

Or did I dream it?
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