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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How to make your ubuntu filesystem read-only

I wonder whether there is a way to make my ubuntu read-only when I mount it on another linux system. Let me clear what I want. I have a usb stick on where my ubuntu is installed. However, the problem ...
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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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Changing ID3 tags of music in iTunes with read-only attributes

When I add an mp3 file with read-only attributes to iTunes, iTunes does not allow me to change the file's ID3 tags or delete the file later. Removing the read-only attributes after adding the file ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Windows 8: every folder becomes read-only and I cannot change them

I've installed Windows 8 Enterprise on my PC but, all of the folders are read-only and I cannot seem to reverse this. Methods I've tried: Changing its attribute from folder properties. Allowing full ...
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Installed Ubuntu on usb drive, now it's read-only and can't be formatted

I installed Ubuntu (ubuntu-13.04-desktop-amd64) on a 8 gb pendrive. Because it worked pretty slow, I wanted to change it back to a normal pendrive. But this is what happened. Windows7 can't open the ...
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Windows folder has readonly attribute that cannot be removed

I have a zip file containing Eclipse workspace. When I unzip it all the extracted folders have read only attribute set to true. When I uncheck "read only" in properties dialog and click apply the ...
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Microsoft Word Read-Only Document - Avoid Unwanted Tab Space

I have a read-only Microsoft Word (docx) document that has (in addition to explanatory read-only text) a few editable forms. In one of these forms, there are two columns. Each column has a ...
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Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Booting from read-only medium

I couldn't find anything on the net about this. Do you guys know of any books, tutorials or MSDN article that explains how to do this? Does CE support something like a RAM-Disk to save run-time ...
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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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Can't edit files in Eclipse even though not read-only

This is such an amateur question I'm embarrassed I even have to ask. In Eclipse, sometimes I can't edit a file. I can open it, but it behaves as it if it's a read-only file—typing has no ...
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Make a read only “view” of a network folder

I feel like this should be easy and I'm missing something simple. We have a network folder A that must be full access to a user to support a legacy application. However, we also need the user to be ...
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command line remove read only flag on all subfolder entries or overwrite read only files with robocopy

I need one of two things to work: I use robocopy to copy all sub-files and sub-folders from one folder to another, and the destination contains older files + files not in the source, and I need the ...
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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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Make the file author property readonly - MS-Word 2007

I just want to know is there a way of locking a MS-Word files author, while keeping the document editable in MS-Word 2007 currently you create a document save the document right click on the ...
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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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Excel - switching from ethernet-cable to wireless - file becomes read only

I tried to figure this out already, but I haven't come up with a solution so far. We have a laptop that is connected to our network via ethernet-cable as long as it sits in the docking station and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Give a single user read only permissions in Linux

Not sure if this is possible, but figured I'd ask since I didn't see it answered anywhere else. At least nothing this specific. We have a CentOS server that I want to give a graphic designer access ...
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How do I make a document fully read only on Open Office

When I use the security setting and set the password, I can still overwrite my original document. What am I doing wrong?
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OS X: mounting my camera as R/W

When I jack my camera into my Mac mini it gets auto-mounted as read only: /dev/disk1s1 on /Volumes/NO NAME (msdos, local, nodev, nosuid, read-only, noowners) I would like to mount it as "write" to ...