In computing, the term "read-only" refers to the ability to read, but not alter or delete something. This is most typically used in reference to file system permissions, but can also refer to devices, such as read only memory (ROM), or storage media which cannot be written to.

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Why can't I use “Find” in a password read-only Word document?

After some testing, it appears that if you use the "password to modify" feature on a Word document, and you opt to open it as read-only, it disables almost every feature, including things like "Find", ...
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Make some content on USB drive read only

I am having a 8GB pen drive, I need to put a PowerPoint into that and make it read only. Rest of the space should be usable for the user. Assuming the user will be using Windows only, what are my ...
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External HDD gets into read only mode over and over again

I have an extarnal HDD that put itself in read only mode on a regular base. For the record I know how to solve this problem via Diskpart. I even have created a script for it! The problem is that it ...
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Make all files and directories read-only

I would like to ask if this is possible: I want to make all files and folders (including all sub-directories) from folder X to be read-only. But if I copy the files from folder X to folder Y, which ...
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Handheld Terminal SD Card error: the file may be in read-only memory, on a write-protected disk or used by another application

I have a handheld terminal and I have made the terminal connect to the PC using USB cable. Also, SD Card is also in the handheld terminal slot. Till a few days ago, I was reaching the files in SD ...
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How do I take full control of read only status for any file or folder on a Windows 8 machine

I've just got a windows 8 machine and it seems to suffer from the same permissions bug as windows 7 whereby a folder is set to read only, seemingly arbitrarily, and it's impossible to unset. I've ...
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MicroSD (transFlash) card loses all writes

I have used a 64GB TransFlash cars from SanDisk for over 1,5 years and now, after I wrote a large WAV file to it, it started to behave in a strange way: all the files and folders on it are readable. ...
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Photoshop - Multiple user woes

Our office is currently having a problem with Photoshop with regards to multiple users working on the same file. For example 2 users can be editing the same file on the network creating confusion when ...
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External hard drive won't format due to “read-only” files

I have an external hard drive that has all of my media and files on it. It normally boots right up, but for some reason it's been having trouble. I normally use it on 2 computers, one with windows ...
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My USB pendrive always goes read-only, what can I do?

I have a transcend 16 Gb usb pendrive. I save my daily works to it. I wrote a bash script to copy the contents of my working directories to the pendrive. The bash script contains only "cp" and "mkdir" ...
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removing read-only access for a folder in windows XP

So I have this windows XP box which has a folder. When I look at its properties, it read-only is enabled. When I uncheck this checkbox and saves it, it saves with no messages, but when I open it again ...
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Changing file permissions on an HFS+ filesystem

I ran the command fdisk -l to find out what my external drive is formatted to, I found out it's uses GPT partitions and the filesystem is HFS+. When I try and create a new folder on the external ...
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How to make a named cell read-only

I would like to make a cell "Cell Name" read-only. I found this code here but don't know how to use the String value instead of the range: Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As ...
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What to use for recovery disk when CD is not an option

I have a computer that has no optical drive and getting on to work with that is very hard(believe me I've tried). What are some alternatives for recovery media in case the current OS fails? I have ...
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How do I make a file “truly” read-only in Windows 7?

In Linux it is pretty straightforward to give the ownership of a folder and a file within and all their permissions to the root account, then giving users read-only access to the file. This means ...
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Windows 7 directories stay read-only, even after they are changed to read-write

In my Windows 7 installation, some USB directories are read-only, and even after they are changed to read-write, checking their properties reveals that they are still read-only. See screen-shots. I ...
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Unable to ZERO a block device

I seem unable to formate this flash drive, every method offers a read-only error. There is no physical "lock" switch on the flash drive what so ever. sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc bs=1M [sudo] ...
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Sandisk USB drive is read only

For some reason, I have recently been having problems where my SanDisk 32GB Cruzer USB Flash Drive will mount as read-only. It was occasional at first, but now it is full blown and will not allow any ...
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Linux - How do I make a single folder RW and the rest of the filesystem RO?

I have successfully configured my Debian Linux's file system to be read-only. I made several changes, however the file relevant to this question is /etc/fstab: proc /proc proc ...
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Make sure command entered is Read Only

I am creating an API that takes in any command (in bash) and executes it at the root. I want to ensure this command is RO and does not write anything. Any ideas of how to go about this? Maybe it can ...
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My D Drive is Read Only

After failing to import data from one Oracle database to another (in my D drive) my computer hung and I had to manually reboot my machine. Now my D drive is read only. I cannot create files, add ...
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How to provide DRM/file security across an entire DFS?

I can't seem to find an answer to this myself and have come across several barriers to trying to even get started on it. The background is: I manage the systems and technologies used by 60 schools ...
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Copy-protecting files on an HDD [duplicate]

I have an HDD, with files that I don't want to be "stolen". The HDD is used by my employees. They need the files (pdf-s, some portable program and html files) for their work, but I don't want them ...
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Access database shows as read-only on one workstation (unless logging in with domain admin privileges)

We have an Access database stored on a central server on our LAN, accessed by 20 domain-joined PCs (15x Windows 7, 5x XP). For some reason, one of our XP workstations only allows users to access the ...
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Access 2010 Table appears to be locked and can't be modified? How do I unlock it?

I have rather simple Access 2010 database. I needed to add a new field to one of the tables. While in Datasheet View, I Clicked the "Click to Add" column header and defined a new field. I went to ...
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locked myself out of fedora system

I made a mistake and cannot log into my fedora (18) machine anymore. The system only has one user, when I was logged in as that user I locked that user such that it cannot create new processes and ...
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Chipbank udisk - How to create readonly partition for company catalog purpose

I've ordered some usb drives for my company with laser logo and so on. As we had no time to wait for the "preloading" of the catalogs, we got them blank. I checked with a tool the chipset of the ...
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Disk on key is read only on every computer

I have a 16 GB SanDisk Cruzer Blade. After a few days of use, it has become write-protected\read-only. When I plug it in, you can see this in my Ubuntu's dmesg: [ 819.003359] usb 2-5: new ...
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What files must be writable for a password change on a RHEL6 read-only file system?

I have a RedHat 6 system that is intentionally configured to be read-only file system. We use /etc/rwtab to allow certain files to be writable (log files and such). /etc/sysconfig/readonly-root is ...
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Will mounting a file system read-only increase the lifespan of an SSD?

Let's assume I have some data that once created, never again has to change. I have copied this data to an SSD and then re-mounted the file system as read-only and leave it that way from now on. Will ...
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MS Excel - is it possible to change from writeable to read-only?

I have a question if it is possible while using MS Excel spreadsheet to change how it's open from writeable to read-only without closing it? I am working on the network file and sometimes when ...
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Read Only/Write Protected USB pen drive is not write protected on other PCs

I want to make one of my USB drive write protected. I can make it write protected on my desktop(windows 8.1 pc) by using the command prompt "diskpart" method. Now the usb is write protected on my ...
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Restoring Outlook 2010 pst read only file

I am attempting to restore an Outlook 2010 pst file from my file history, but I cannot because it is read only and I do not have permission. I never set it as read only and it is from my old computer ...
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Repairing-without-formatting a Read-Only/writeprotected USB drive

I've got a 32gb USB 3.0 thumbdrive and it's been acting up on me as of late. Most of the time I could just unmount and remount it on my Mac's main partition and viola, it'd be working again. However, ...
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How to increase IO for operation “SELECT”?

I use windows server 2008r2 with role Hyper-V. The guest system is Ubuntu 12.04 LTC (64 bit). It is situated on the dynamic virtual hard disk /dev/sda. There is postgresql-9.1 (amd64) on the Ubuntu ...
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Excel says file is unreadable in Read-only, but the file is fine in normal mode

I've done extensive research and tried re-installing Office 2010 a few times, but I cannot seem to be able to open files in Read-Only mode in Excel. Whatever the extension (xls, xlsx, xlsm, xlsb...), ...
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USB Drive went into Read-only mode and doesn't allow me to write or delete anything

I am using Linux kernel 3.4.56 and I was working with a USB stick but while doing a system upgrade procedure, it went into read-only mode. And now it doesn't allow me to write or delete anything. I ...
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Open Word document from SharePoint as Read Only via Windows Explorer

I have Windows Explorer configured to point at a couple of directories from SharePoint: https://teams/projects/myproject/ProjectDocuments https://teams/projects/myproject/SharedDocuments ...
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Problems using Diskpart to resolve 'Read Only' issue on external 2TB external MyBook

I've got a problem with an external disk which suddenly, mid-session decided it was read only. I've tried the right click, properties, attributes, read only - to no avail, so then decided to approach ...
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Why does my rsync server on windows always set the read-only flag when I write to it?

I'm using cwrsync on windows. This is my daemon config file use chroot = false strict modes = false hosts allow = * log file = rsyncd.log pid file = rsyncd.pid port = 11011 # Module definitions # ...
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How to Protect files on USBs

So I want to have files on my USB Stick, which you cannot delete or edit, so read only. They also need to remain on the USB when formatted by Windows, or diskmgmt.msc. Is there any way of making ...
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Why my external drive turned in read only mode?

I have this HDD (quite new, 4 months old) which I formatted to ext3 (my router supports ext3, not ext4) and I started copying all my data from an older drive on it (1TB data). After a bit (a lot of ...
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Windows 7 boot from read only disk

Is there a way to make Windows 7 boot from a read-only disk? I want to have a system, that no Windows Update, no other Software will change. After a reboot everything should be recovered. If there ...
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Can Windows OS be installed and run as read-only?

I have a DoD CentOS install on a CD, so even if the code in RAM is infected, a reboot eliminates the malware. But I am not a UNIX guy and would prefer to work with Windows. I had an old vs of ...
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Can Windows OS be installed read-only? [duplicate]

Can Windows OS be installed and then made read-only so that malware can be cleared by a reboot? If so, how? Can Windows be installed to a VM, then make all the underlying VM files read-only and ...
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Save an MS Word 2010 document where others cannot modify it

I am using Microsoft Word 2010 and I have created a document that individuals will fill out on a daily basis. When they are done I would like it to automatically be saved as a "Read Only" document in ...
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How to allow only cell resizing but cannot change data in excel?

In one of my lotusscript code, I output some data to excel. Initially I only allow the user to print and not make any changes to the spreadsheet. But then the user request that they want to resize the ...
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USB Drive is Read-Only, Impossible to Remove

I received a brand-less USB Thumb Drive during a function, those cheap made in China kind. When plugged in, it shows 2 drives, one 8GB and one 12MB drive(not partition). I am trying to remove the 12MB ...
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How to make Excel cells' values cannot be changed its value via keyboard inputs

Let's take this simple Excel file as a sample for my question. Please note that it contains permutation macro VBA script. I want cells in column B to be read-only/unchangable to keyboard inputs i.e. ...
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Create mount point on read-only filesystem for fstab to mount

I'm running TomatoUSB on a Broadcom-based broadband router. I have a busybox-style shell available to me. I'd like to have a partition on the attached USB hard drive mounted in /data under the root ...