How to Unprotect a Read-Only Drive for Windows XP Embedded with the Command Line

Written by jim campbell
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Read and write permissions allow you to decide who can save files to your shared resources and who is only able to view files. Write permissions let the user open and save documents to the shared drive; read permissions let the user read the content, but no changes can be made. You can use the Windows MS-DOS command prompt's "attrib" statement to remove read-only permissions and replace them with write permissions.

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  1. 1

    Click the Windows "Start" button in the task bar. Type "cmd" into the text box and press "Enter" to open your Windows command prompt.

  2. 2

    Type "drive:" where "drive" is the drive that you want to change. Press "Enter." This points the prompt to the root of the drive.

  3. 3

    Type "attrib -r /d" and press "Enter." This removes the read-only attribute. The "d" switch applies your settings to all subfolders, so the entire drive is edited.

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