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Why Are All Files Read-Only Now?

I bought this simpledrive and saved files onto it without problem. Now, I am unable to save any additional files onto it and I get the error message that the entire drive is "read-only." I don't know how or why this happened but I'd like to change it back to being able to save new files and modify existing files.

Your help will be greatly appreciated. All my files are Read-Only now and I've been trying to change them back but have been unsuccessful, the hard drive has been used on mostly Apple computers and that is what we are using to attempt to change it back, but if it is easier via Microsoft then we can do it that way as well.

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It happens when u swaped the system. format on new system will cure your problem. but the old files will remain the same.

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