Questions tagged [read-only]

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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Making a Windows Folder Truly Read Only

I have an external hard drive. One of the root folders has the subfolders and files I want to protect. There are up to two levels of sub folders within this root folder. I want to set the permissions ...
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Linux mounts ext4 external drive read only

My laptop has two operating systems, Windows 11 and Arch Linux. I have a external 4TB HDD formatted to ext4. When I go into Windows, I normally disconnect the external drive, but not always because I ...
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SD Flash Card Read-Only Issue

recently during re-partitioning my hard disk, I mistook SD flash drive as some sort of "extra" "wasted" space and deleted it. ever since my computer(s) stopped recognizing it. I ...
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Remove restrictions from certificate-encrypted pdf [closed]

Recently I was given a pdf written by students (free to use) and its relative certificate. Installed the certificate (using the psw given to me by them) I managed to open the pdf with adobe acrobat, ...
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windows 10 does not allow me to remove the read only checkbox in the properties of a directory

windows 10 does not allow me to remove the read only checkbox in the properties of a directory. Hi guys; I am learning programming, and I have encountered a problem that is related to the operating ...
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flashdisk can't be used after formatting with aomei [duplicate]

hello can anyone help me, i wipe my flashdrive using aomei, and then the disk was write protect and the I/O device error this the diskpart picture so anyenone can help me
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A true read-only bash?

I've been looking for a true read-only version bash that we can provide to our auditors for view only permission in the Linux system. Our OS is CentOS 7 to be more specific. We want to disallow user ...
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MS Word document is flagged as Ready only... but not on the file system

I need to analyze a long list of items in a table within a MS Word doc. Naturally, I thought writing a simple C# program to process all this would be useful. I noticed that when I use the Interop, it ...
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/etc/hosts read-only with root user login

I am using Debian Server 9.5 I can't change my /etc/hosts file, its being read-only ls -lh /etc/hosts -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 461 Jan 6 2021 hosts and I am ssh via root user
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Can't print MS Word read only file due to image on page

I am having an issue trying to print a read only Word file. When I click print, it hangs on a page where a image is and Word freezes. Removing the image allows me to print the document. I have ...
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Is there a way to mount an NTFS partition read-only on Windows without Diskpart?

I have searched for a while and haven't found anything. Other than using diskpart to set a readonly volume bit. Which is persistent and modifies the partition table, which is not an option for me. And ...
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Windows 10 not able to remove read only atttribute of the folders

I have tried all the solutions listed under the [windows-10] tag on superuser. The folder that I am trying to change attribute is "E:/myFolder". This folder is created by me. I am not able ...
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Force NVME hard drive out of read-only mode, in linux

A recently-purchased NVMe hard drive has put itself into read-only mode after roughly a day of use. It appears to be a bad drive (based on output from smartctl), and I'm happy to replace it and not ...
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Windows 10 - Read-only File Flag Has No Effect

I want to disable files from being overwritten in Windows 10. I figured that was the use of the 'Read-only' file flag. But after enabling it, it appears programs (at least the program it opens in) can ...
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Is it possible to make permission changes to a read only file system in linux?

I have a compressed rom file system, to which I require some permission changes to be made. rootfs: Linux Compressed ROM File System data, little endian size 7360512 version #2 sorted_dirs CRC ...
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fdisk: cannot open /dev/sdb: Read-only file system

When I try mount /dev/sdb 1 /mnt/somewhere, I get this: mount: /mnt/somewhere: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb1, missing codepage or helper program, or other error. When I try ...
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WD 5TB HDD keeps mounting as readOnly

I have a WesternDigital external(usb3) 5TB hdd that keeps mounting as readonly every time I reconnect it. The drive was formatted ExFat with diskUtil and is only a few months old. I've run sudo ...
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Restrict write access while batch is running (Win CMD) [duplicate]

I have a simple batch process running once per day to manage a disk quota (simply deletes all folders in excess of quota, oldest first). Works fine for what it's designed to do. Among other tasks, ...
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Is this USB flash disk dead ? Can't write and reads only zeroes [NOT DUPLICATE - READ IN FULL] [duplicate]

This is an old flash disk that I have not used in a while. It was a small drive I was planning to use for TinyCore Linux. I plug it in, and it does not show up in KDE Partition Manager. I query lsblk, ...
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Windows make all files in folder that contain a line read-only

I have some files in a directory with the comment: // _READONLY_ I'd like to set all these files to read-only using a batch script. I've found this command to set read-only status: attrib +r I know ...
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How to remove "read only" partition from a USB storage stick? (Windows 10 64bit Pro)

I have a bunch of Kingston Data Traveler USB sticks ranging in size from 16GB to 64 GB. These have a "read only" partition and a data partition, and access to the data partition is only ...
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How to physically damage a USB stick, SD card, or SDXC card to permanently make it read only? [duplicate]

Over the years, I have had several cases where either an SD card, a USB stick or any other removable storage medium has had a physical defect, and after some use, or a certain amount of formatting, it ...
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Why are default Start Menu folders read-only in Windows 7?

The default Start Menu folders in Windows 7 are marked as read-only. When installers create new Start Menu folders (or the user manually creates new ones), they are not marked as read-only. The ...
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How to modify read only file on Windows 10?

I have a program installed under c:\Program Files. The entire directory tree is marked Read Only, including c:\Program Files. There's one configuration file that I need to change for this program, I ...
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Cannot save excel 2016 document located on server after resuming from hibernation

Problem description: I have an Excel 2016 spreadsheet open and saved on my file server. I hibernate my Windows 10 leaving the spreadsheet open. I Turn on my Windows 10. I edit my spreadsheet. I try ...
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How to boot to Xubuntu with readonly mounts

Back when I was first using Linux (anyone remember Caldera Network Desktop?) I could boot in a readonly mode, where all drives were read-only. If that's still possible, it's not obvious to me. I'm ...
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Remount folder on read-only partition as temporary writeable folder (overlays)?

if I type the following command sudo mount -t overlay -o lowerdir=/etc,upperdir=/tmp/upper,workdir=/tmp/workdir none /etc Is it correct that /etc (overlay) folder will be stacked on top of /etc (read-...
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Entire drive (SATA SSD) is write protected, how to remove the protection?

In my Windows-10 PC (Windows 10 Home, AMD Ryzen 5 3600, 16 GB RAM, GTX1070) I have multiple drives installed, of which one is a 120GB Kingston (SV300S37A120G). The disk is not used for the OS, but ...
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Opening every mailbox in read-only mode in Mutt

I’d like to use Mutt (or NeoMutt, if that makes a difference) to view maildirs in read-only mode. I know that I can use the -R command-line argument to start Mutt in read-only mode, or press the % ...
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ZFS zpool cannot be imported, cause panic if not imported as readonly

After a reboot, ZFS pool never stopped trying to import the pool. It was blocking the boot-sequence and I had to rename the /etc/zfs/zpool.cache to another name, in order to boot the system. There was ...
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Cannot change ownership of drive because it is read-only (Windows 10)

My secondary drive suddently became read-only. When I try to remove the read-only (right-click -> Properties -> Untick "Read-only" -> "Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files), it switches ...
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MP4 file embedded in Word doc won't play if doc is read-only

My user manual has several 30-second videos showing the bits tricky to describe in words. All worked well until I made all manuals Read Only to stop users making notes on the Word documents. However, ...
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When opening read only excel file save as dialog box is displayed

When I open read only excel file save as dialog box opens and I can't read file without saving a copy of it.Also a new excel file created in desktop can't saves the modification . Every time save as ...
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How to force a Firefox window to be read-only/non-edtable URL?

I'm receiving via Moodle links to Google Meets for online classes and they usually open on a popup-like window, their URL can't be edited and most of my toolbars on Firefox aren't there, so i can just ...
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Mounted Drive is read-only [duplicate]

I am using Pop! OS with Windows 10 dual boot. And I have 1 TB STORAGE disk. But I can't write and delete anything on this disk. For example I write a mkdir folder in terminal It says Read-only file ...
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Disk entered read-only mode but script is still running

I have strange problem. In a directory on a internal HDD I have started a script and it is running from 10 days right now. Yesterday the disk went to read-only mode (I don't know why). The script ...
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Excel read-only for all users except the first one who got in the file

A couple months ago I had an excel file on a shared drive where the first one who got into this file was in the editable file, all the others who got in the file after the first one were in the read-...
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Why are folders in %USERPROFILE% all read-only?

I was trying to edit a text file located in my user folder in Notepad++ then realized I couldn't save it. After checking it turns out that Windows set read-only attribute in every item in my user ...
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How to create an excel file that won't be locked for editing when others open it?

I have a file that I'd like others (potentially a dozen+) to have access to at all times, but that I can also edit even if others have it open. If I make it so it requests the user open it as Read ...
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Windows 10: Remove Read-only Attribute from a "Folder" via PowerShell

I am trying this line of code but it doesn't seem to effect folders, just files? Get-ChildItem -Path $Path -Recurse -File | % { $_.IsReadOnly=$false } Ok, so I removed the -File from the command and ...
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How to get / make a "Read-Only" storage

So I've been trying to make a custom efi firmware( .efi file ) and store them in a FAT32 storage device for my own computer to make my computer look like that I've made. What I'm trying to deal is ...
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Should I re-install Windows 10 on my failing hard drive?

I have dual-boot but i am unable to boot into windows. I booted into Ubuntu and it showed my hard disk is failing soon. The other partitions are now read-only. Would re-installing Windows 10 fix some ...
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Cannot do anything on SSD. It keeps coming back to some kind of "Restore point"

Yesterday (Monday) I returned to work and strangely my PC was inside the BIOS (I left it on on Friday when leaving). I continued using it normally without giving it more notice, but it turns out that ...
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Newly created office files often open as "read only" and can't be saved anywhere, unless office run as admin

I'm working on Win10 with a newly installed and activated Office 2019. It works fine mostly, except that files often open as 'read only' even when newly created just 10 minutes earlier as the same ...
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how to fix broken fstab that causes / read-only on remote VM?

I broke my fstab by a multi line paste of commands on an AWS ec2. by some sort of miracle, the os still boots. output of mount: ec2-user@host:~ $ mount sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,nosuid,nodev,...
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Only read only mode on partition other than root partition

First of all, I am new to Linux environment. Recently I decided to switch to Linux environment to become a computer geek :P. But need to have Windows also for some basic tasks like Office and for ...
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Use a write protected USB drive

I've got an old Win10 installation USB installation media. It's a pretty nice USB stick and I would like to reuse it, but no matter how I try to mount it, it always shows as read-only. I guess ...
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How to configure amazon S3 bucket for read-only access to host a static website?

I have a very small (static) website hosted on Amazon S3. Yesterday I received the following message, that had this subject line: Notification of Amazon S3 buckets configured for public access And ...
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Write Protected USB

i have run into these problem a few times already. Basically my Kingston DT50 gave up when i tried making bootable windows 7 install. It went into read only mode (write protected) and i just cant ...
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Tried every option I can find, still can't make files not 'read-only' after windows 10 update

Recently update a computer to windows 10 and started getting an error from a program (solidworks) that boiled down to not having the permissions needed for a folder. Issue is even if I open ...
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