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I am able to read a Word file from the external hard disk, but when I edit it and try to save it as the same file I get the message that the document is read only. The same happens when I try to save it using another name.

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  • dennis_crawl Jun 17, 2009

    Thank you very much for your help. That appears to have fixed the problem on that document. But I think it means I will have to do that with any document I want to edit on the external hard disk. The fuller story is that the external disk - a Maxtors Basics Portable - was used as a back up to my last laptop, which operated on XP Pro. It operated perfectly well there, allowing me to edit as I wished. The new laptop operates on Vista Premium. If the new software is causing the problem, can anything be done?

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Try right clicking on the folder that document is in and select PROPERTIES. See if the read only box is ticked. It could be that the entire folder is set to read only.

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  • blu scarab Jun 17, 2009

    If you go into MY COMPUTER and right click on the drive letter of that portable drive and select PROPERTIES, you can untick the READ ONLY box the same way you did it for the individual folder. This will take off the readonly flag for everything on that drive. Depending on how many folders and files are on there, it might take a while since it will scan each folder and file to take off the read only flags.



    Why this happened could be because the previous laptop was on a corporate network or something that required a password. By shifting the drive to a new computer could cause a mismatch in the credentials. OR......someone may have inadvertently set the read only flag for the whole drive.

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