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Putting My Files on CD - READ ONLY

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Maui, Jan 24, 2007.

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  1. Maui

    Maui Thread Starter

    Jul 11, 2004
    Hi all
    I am trying to put a lot of my files both docs etc and photos on CD. When I go to open the files or rename files in MY COMPUTER, it tells me they are read-only files. When I try to change the attributes it says access denied. What do I do to allow this to occur? It also tells me upon opening the files that they are read only.

    I have WINXP, DELL INSPIRPON 8600, with Office Professional; Sonic DLA, My DVD and My CD.

    Someone suggested re-formatting that does not work either. Discs are supposed to be pre-formatted.

  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    files on CD have the attribute of read only - but you should be able to save to your harddrive any modifications
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    When you copy files from a CD/DVD, they have the R/O attribute set, since attributes are copied with the files. You can right click on a file, a group of files, or a folder, and remove the R/O attribute if the files reside on the hard disk.
  4. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    Just to add to the above, all CD media types are read only by nature. Once written, the file can be read, but the dye color change cannot be "undone" to allow the file to be edited.

    On a CD-RW, the design is that the disk can be erased and used again as a "re-writeable" disk, not that the disk is "read/write"

    Some packet writing software can work around that, but it is highly unreliable in doing so.

    In short, a CD (or DVD) is nothing like a hard drive or floppy drive in the way it works.
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