Solved How do you remove write protection

September 30, 2013 at 02:07:34
Specs: Windows 7
I transferred data from my computer to my external hard drive, and when I tried to open the files on the hard drive they were all there but only contained write protected data instead.

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October 3, 2013 at 07:59:45
Then presumably you used their backup software. I am none too familiar with their particular software package but maybe you are not supposed to view files on there - just restore them when necessary.

If you had no software on the external and manually copied over instead then that would be a different matter - you would expect to be able to view the files.

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September 30, 2013 at 03:32:51
The external hard drive itself can't be write-protected otherwise no files could have been written to it.
It's not unusual for a drive to be write-protected and there are steps to overcome that, but I never heard of the files themselves being "read-only" except when you put them on a CD or DVD obviously.

Please explain what happens when you try to open one of those files. Any error message?


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September 30, 2013 at 04:09:56
If the external has backup software installed then that software may be changing the attributes.

Read only means just that. You should still be able to view the files. If you can't, then the issue may be about permissions.

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September 30, 2013 at 08:39:00
Depending on how you copied them you may need to "take ownership of the files", in security settings, let the settings be inherited by child objects.

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#4
September 30, 2013 at 13:14:50
Did you copy/paste drag/drop the files manually or did you use backup software provided with the external?

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October 3, 2013 at 01:01:22
I used a WD Passport external hard drive.

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October 3, 2013 at 07:59:45
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Then presumably you used their backup software. I am none too familiar with their particular software package but maybe you are not supposed to view files on there - just restore them when necessary.

If you had no software on the external and manually copied over instead then that would be a different matter - you would expect to be able to view the files.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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October 6, 2013 at 13:42:53
Maus
I've had your problem on my exterior hard drive. You will have to take possession. It's not an easy thing to do and I haven't had to do that lately.
If you keep trying you will probably take control. I can't remember all the correct steps.
It may be something like this - Right click the file - properties - Security Tab - Edit - click allow - apply - don't count on this working. Their are features you may need to do.

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