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  1. Posts : 11,396
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #11

    lbeck said:
    My present problem is trying to unset the "Read Only" attribute for a set of files that I copied from a DVD. I unset the box, click apply, click ok, and the progress bar looks like the command is processed. Then I return to the properties for the files and they're still shown as read-only.

    I've been assuming that this is because I don't have privileges. I go to the security tab and I'm shown to have read and write priviledges.

    What am I doing wrong? How can I remove the read-only attribute?

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    Your diagram indicates that you are trying to remove the Read-only attribute from a folder not from a file. As I wrote above, the Read-only attribute on a folder is practically meaningless and should be ignored. It has no effect on your access to files.

    Denis
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  2. Posts : 345
    Windows 10 home Version 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #12

    Thanks, Denis. I have a thread on the lightroom forum here and the staff guru there say that I need to remove the read-only attribute. His post says:
    It doesn't matter that your original catalogue is not read-only--the one on the DVD gets marked that way by the operating system when you copy it to the optical disc.I think it was pointed out in the other thread that copying a file from a DVD to a hard disc carries the "read-only" attribute with the file. You aren't going to be able to use those restored catalogues without removing that attribute.
    I also agree that because Lightroom needs to write back to the files and it can't do that if the files are read-only. So I copy the files from the DVD to a folder on my HDD and they are marked as read-only. How do I remove that read-only attribute?

    Sorry if I'm not communicating my question properly. Let me know if you need additional information.
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  3. Posts : 1,806
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1 19043.1348
       #13

    lbeck said:
    So I copy the files from the DVD to a folder on my HDD and they are marked as read-only. How do I remove that read-only attribute?
    I've just read the entire thread again and I can see a potential issue. In post 6, you make reference to changing the folder attributes to remove the read-only feature and had the button selected to also remove read-only from sub-folders and files.

    I'm not confident that the file attributes are always changed successfully when using this method. I believe you're always best to change attributes on the actual files directly instead. You could always try a single file first, following the directions I've posted and update the thread with the results.

    Once the files are on your HDD, complete the following steps;

    Using Windows Explorer with the home tab selected, click on the select all button.
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    If you prefer to work with less than the entire folder contents, you could also select a block of files using the following;

    Left-click on the first file to highlight it.
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    While holding the shift key, left-click the last file.
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    Right-click the highlighted files and select properties.
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    On the properties dialogue box, deselect read-only and click OK.
    Can I be administrator for my computer forever?-1016-deselect-read-only-button.jpg

    This should remove the read-only attribute to all of the files that were highlighted.
    Last edited by W10 Tweaker; 16 Oct 2019 at 14:38.
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  4. Posts : 345
    Windows 10 home Version 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #14

    Thanks so much for the detailed explanation and screenshots. What you suggest is actually what I've tried and have been unsuccessful. I'm able to unset read-only for individual files but not folders. As shown in the graphic below I can unset read-only for a folder and the box is empty. Then if I go away from the folder and return, read-only is again activated.

    I'm wondering if the problem is that there are several levels of nested folders and Windows can't handle it. Also, these files are in an external USB HDD but that shouldn't make a difference.


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    I do have a workaround for my purpose here. Normally if you have an Adobe Lightroom catalog in a folder (I have many) and click on the *.lrcat file or select it from the Lightroom program the catalog will open. I can do this for every catalog except the one that is in a folder created by dumping files from a DVD. The reason apparently is because of the read-only restriction. However, if I dump the files from a DVD into a folder, open Lightroom, and import the files/folders then a catalog is created and everything is copacetic.

    I won't mark this thread as solved but I'm spending more time than makes sense when I have the workaround. I only thought that there must be a simple way to unset the read-only attribute and that would save me the step of importing the files into the Lightroom program to recreate the catalog that already was archived to a DVD.
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  5. Posts : 24,663
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #15

    lbeck said:
    I only thought that there must be a simple way to unset the read-only attribute and that would save me the step of importing the files into the Lightroom program to recreate the catalog that already was archived to a DVD.

    First, you can ignore that folders appear to be read-only, Windows ignores it too. It's been this was since XP (possibly longer).

    Microsoft said:
    Unlike the Read-only attribute for a file, the Read-only attribute for a folder is typically ignored by Windows, Windows components and accessories, and other programs. For example, you can delete, rename, and change a folder with the Read-only attribute by using Windows Explorer.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...tributes-of-fo

    Second, there is an easy way to remove the read-only attribute from all files in a folder and all of its sub-folders in one step. You can do it from a Command Prompt with the ATTRIB command.

    For example, your screenshot shows a folder called TechnicalDVD on your V: drive. To remove the read-only attribute from all the files in TechnicalDVD and the files in any folder it contains, open a Command Prompt and type the following commands:

    Code:
    V:
    
    CD TechnicalDVD
    
    ATTRIB *.* -R /S


    The first command switches you over to the V: drive, the second Changes Directory the the TechnicalDVD folder, the third removes the Read-only attribute for any files matching the wildcard *.* (basically, all files will match) and the /S switch tells it to work its way through all the Sub-folders.

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  6. Posts : 1,806
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1 19043.1348
       #16

    lbeck said:
    Thanks so much for the detailed explanation and screenshots. What you suggest is actually what I've tried and have been unsuccessful. I'm able to unset read-only for individual files but not folders.
    You're most welcome for the details, sometimes it's the only means of verifying we're both on the same page.

    So, just for clarification, you are able to remove the read-only attributes on all of the files in the folder but because of the folder attributes remaining as read-only, the Lightroom Program will not allow you to manipulate the files.?

    Would it be at all practical to first confirm the folder name on the DVD, create the same-named folder on PC, and then simply copy the contents of the DVD folder to the newly created folder on the PC? This would avoid the read-only attribute on the final destination folder (on the PC).
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  7. Posts : 11,396
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #17

    lbeck said:
    Sorry if I'm not communicating my question properly. Let me know if you need additional information.
    Select the files [not the folders] and clear their read-only attribute, if it is set.

    Then post back and take care to refer to files not folders. And, if there is any problem, please post a File explorer picture of the files themselves not just their folder.

    Denis
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