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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SSD/HDD connected to windows10 via usb comes up as readonly but writable in linux

I've bought a new SSD (Acer SA100 480GB MAS0902+3D NAND SATA 2.5 inch). I want to clone my older HDD (running win10) to the SSD. I've also purchased a SATA to USB connector (Cablet 2.5 Inch SATA USB 3....
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Lost USB by dd-ing a bigger image on it [duplicate]

I had a USB flash of 32GB with actual size of around 28GB. I put an image of 28.5GB containing 2 CentOS partition, which has some free space at the end of it. I thought it will not harm my USB. But ...
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Command to unlock "Locked" files on macOS Sonoma

In the end I manage to delete a .plist file from MacOS Sonoma recovery but when I reboot it keeps appearing again. Why does this happen and how do I solve it to eliminate it permanently? chflags ...
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Create view-only backup and adding digital signature

I need to create a backup of a computer running Windows 10. Said backup needs to be read-only. I believe the program EaseUs allows that. If anyone can confirm, I’d appreciate it. I am used to Linux ...
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SSD not working in Windows 10 (write protected)

I just bought a new SSD for my laptop. If I boot Linux on it (it’s a dual boot system), the SSD works fine, but if I boot Windows the File Explorer says, that the drive is write-protected. I already ...
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How to disable 'Save As' option and prohibiting file saving in Adobe Acrobat?

I'm seeking guidance on how to implement restrictions in Adobe Acrobat for a PDF document. I have password-protected the file, but I'm looking to further restrict users from accessing the 'Save As' ...
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How to make USB flash drive immutable/read only forever?

I need to provide some proof for the judge on a pendrive. I bought new 32GB pendrive and would like to upload 8MB file on it and make the pendrive read only forever, so nobody tampers with it. Is it ...
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Reader for .txt file

I want to read .txt files but not editing them. Not in the command line, so not more and similar utilities. I would like to open like if it were a .pdf file, but without converting to a PDF, so not ...
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WebGoBack command in Word started opening a new read-only version of the document

In Office 365, Word, I use the WebGoBack command (alt+left arrow) a lot. Today, for no reason I can fathom, when I use this command, it opens a new, read-only version of the document I'm working in ...
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Folders have become read only and files write protected when moving data from one PC to another

I moved some images and videos from laptop A(windows 7) to laptop B(windows 10) via a 16GB USB. But when I tried to copy the files from A to USB, it said the remaining files were 'Write protected' ...
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Internally mark VHD file as read only so that it will never be mounted with write permissions

I am distributing some VHD files that I would like the receiver to be able to mount and view the contents of, however I would like the checksum of the VHD file to remain the same after the receiver ...
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embedding sections of live, read-only text in MS Word 365

doc1.docx contains sections of 'master' text. I want to insert these individually, as sections, into doc2.docx. Those sections should: update in doc2 when the underlying text updates in doc1; this ...
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why my hard drive is readonly? and how to fix it

I formatted my laptop and now i am getting that my hard drive (D:) is read-only and I cannot partition it or copy any files on it. I tried to add "Everyone" and gave that user full access ...
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How to remove forced disk read only mode? (failure might be imminent msg on boot)

Woke my PC up from sleep and got blue screen. On reboot it said that my boot disk's failure is imminent and didn't let me chose it as a boot disk even when I tried to force it through bios. I hooked ...
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Linux Mint does not boot after sudden readonly file system (BIOS or SSD issue?)

I'm running Linux Mint (Cinnamon) on a mini PC (Zotac). Yesterday suddenly my file system become readonly (It's a 250GB SSD harddrive). I restarted the computer. I have full disc encryption and I'm ...
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Limit a user logged in by ssh to read only?

I am using backuppc to backup some hosts - but I want to limit the backuppc's rsync command on that hosts to "read only". One option would be to get the rsync command and limit the backuppcs ...
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Mark partition as readonly on flash drive

I have a flash drive that I've encrypted using VeraCrypt. I'd like it to be portable and useable on any computer (pretty much), so I've partitioned it like so: Flash Drive - Traveller (Fat32), ...
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Can't make changes to word document opened as read-only

I've some documents on a network share that are password protected. I need to open those files, make some temporary changes and then print them. Since I don't want those changes to be saved, I'm used ...
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In Windows 10, why does unchecking the "Read-only" checkbox here not "stick"?

This is a long-time issue which I have not noticed for a long time, because I have learned to stay away from thinking that there is any kind of control over the files and their many "modes" ...
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How can I make Adobe Acrobat Reader open PDF files in read-only mode?

I sounds weird, but I'm failing to find an option to make Adobe Acrobat Reader open PDF files read-only. By read-only I understand no write lock on file system. There are similar questions where ...
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Recover data from ramdisk after hdd failure

I currently have a proxmox host with a failed disk, running a VM hosting a game server in a ram-disk, created using tmpfs. Unfortunately, my backup script seems to not have been working for a number ...
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How can I automatically remove the Read-only attribute for newly downloaded or unpacked files in Windows 10?

I've seen it asked here how to remove the Read-only attribute for a files and folders manually, but my question is a little different, and if it's been asked and answered, then I apologize. I did ...
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how to make my D: drive read only?

I want Drive(Volume) D to be read-only so people can view its content but no file would be altered/added/deleted. For example if a user selects a file and clicks "delete" nothing would ...
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Is it now typical for USB SD card readers to ignore the write protect switch (lock protect tab)?

I recently bought a few USB 3.0 SD card readers, and they ignore the SD card's write protect switch (lock protect tab). I performed the testing in Windows. I doubt it matters, but the card readers are ...
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Boot SSD reporting Read-Only Status

My PC suddenly stopped working and it would never boot into windows, getting blocked instead at "Stop Code: Registry Error" BSOD when trying to boot. Safe Mode not available, can't restore ...
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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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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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