Backed up wav files change to read only

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I had backed up wav files(as data) on a cd. When I copied them back on to the computer they changed to read only. So when I tried to put them in a different folder I got a message saying 'are you sure you want to move this read only file'. Am I going to have to go thru and individually recheck each file to be archive?
 
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Unless someone has a batch file for you to run, yes. Anything copied from a cd is checked read only, that is it's attribute once burned to the cd.

Not sure if you could locate them all in one folder and use the attrib -r command to uncheck the read only attribute on just the folder
 

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If they stay as read only what does this mean? Are there things I can't do with them that I could as archive?

Would I be able to send them to someone elses computer? Could I make music CD's from them?
 
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They should play fine, it just disables the ability to edit or change them I would guess.
 

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I don't know where the attrib-r command is but I did highlight them all and then clicked properties and changed from read to archieve and that seems to work.
 
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Shamrock,
Go to start>Programs>Ms-dos Prompt and double click on it.
Type this and press enter
cd\
that should bring you to this:
C:\>

That's the C prompt.
Copy and paste this in and press enter.
attrib -r /s *.wav


To do that. Copy as you normally would. Then have a look at the DOS box. On the toolbar Click on the Paste icon to paste the command in.
this command will remove the read only attribute from all wave files on the C Drive.
If you have any files on another drive, post back and let me know. I'll write you another command for those.
 
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attrib is a DOS command, so you would have to open a Dos window, and then you could run attrib -r *.wav from the directory with your WAV files and I think it would remove the attribute. The way you did it is the fastest way. Actually the files got changed to read-only when you put them on the CD, since cds are read only, they just didnt get changed when you put them back on the hard drive. The archive bit is just for backup purposes, if I remember correctly. When a backup program backs up a file it flips the archive bit so it knows that file has been backed up. Then you run backup only on new or changed files and it looks for ones that dont have the archive bit
 
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