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Files on device become ''read only'' locked

My backup removable hard drive now codes all files and folders as ''read only'' and I can not edit, rename, or delete. I can only overwrite. This inhibits what I bought it for. SimpleTech portable hard drive with BOM No. 96200-41001-056 with 250 GB

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  • malamasly Dec 30, 2008

    did no good, not fixed

  • needname54 Jan 12, 2009

    My drive also went from reading/writing/moving/deleting to read-only. I can't even change the permissions on any of the files on the drive.

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I) i think this type of behaviours speciall due to presence of spware, virus in your system, initially to perform a full system scan on your disk and make sure that this not repeating in near future ...


ii) after do this try to change its mode(read only) by right-click on the folder or file u want to use and at the bottom you have to uncheck read only.........


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Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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