Ok, as soon as I have put up this page about "read
only" files I started getting enquiries about it.
is the extra info you are all asking for.
seems to be "What are read only files".
The answer to
that one is simple. "Read only files" are any files which have their
attributes set to "read only".
To make it simple see
the below screenshot:
as explained, I have right clicked on the text file you see and from the
next window I chose Properties (which is the last one at the bottom) and the
properties window came up, -as you can see from the above pic-
If you look at the pic you will see the two white boxes next to "Read-only"
It means that the file has no
attributes. To change its attributes you just tik the one you want and then
click on OK.
Your file might have different
attributes. If your file is a "read only" file it will have the "read only"
You can uncheck it, click on OK and the
file is not a "read only" file anymore.
What does this
mean? It means that the file can be changed. What does this mean? Ok from
the beginning (of what I know).
I haven't read this
anywhere, I just worked it out for myself but I think it is to do with
Somewhere else on this site I talk about the
HOST file. That
file is quite important as far as security goes and if an attacker was to
change it, they could do damage.
So that file is set
to "read only". This way nobody can change it. If you want to hange it you
must perform the above operation, eg. right clik it go into its properties,
untick the thingy then press ok.
Then you will be able
to open the file, modify it, save it (this time the file will save) and then
you should change it back to "read only".
many other read only files all over the computer and I have found that any
file you get from a CD is also read only. This I guess it is because you
can't modify files that are stored in a CD because CDs cannot be changed.
So when you rip a CD into your hard drive all its files will be set to read
You can select all files then do your right
click trick and change attributes of ALL files in just the one go, just this
time you'll be asked an extra thingy, just read the prompt and follow
Which brings me to the below text, some
clever reader pointed out that a solution to the below problem would be to
set every single file to non "read only" before moving them. You can do that
in the one big go as I explained.
The downside to this
is that you won't know which file is set to read only and which file isn't
so when you finish your move you will have all files with the same
But by simply copying them as I describe,
you don't mess with the file's attributes. This might be useful in some
While I am at it, I'll add that the "hidden"
attribute is used to hide a file that might be used by the operating system,
another security measure.
Btw someone asked me why
won't I open up comments like blogs do and the answer to that is that I
can't take suckers very light so since there's an a$$ hole every two minutes
I'd get all that to cloud my mind and mess up my day.
I am doing this just to add my humble bit to the pot
of collective knowledge out there and I just don't need any grief out of it.
True, I am losing some positive entries but I'd
rather that than having a silly remark linger in my mind for two days. I
also don't have time to moderate the comments.
So that's it, I answered the few questions I got. Below is the original text
that prompted me to put up this page.
This is my way of dealing with the "are you sure you
want to move the read only" message box.
It is not a
definite fix but a workaround it, without installing this or that file
I am sure you have had to deal with this
You want to move a large amount of files
from one disc to another, maybe 10gigs and you know it'll take maybe 40 mins.
That's ok, you cut and paste it then leave it alone.
You then come back an hour later just to find that the file moving job has
stopped on the dreaded "are you sure you want to move the read only"
So what do I do here?
When I remember to do it I simply COPY and PASTE. NOT CUT and PASTE.
This way it won't ever stop.
Then when it has done it,
I DELETE the original lot of files.
It can't be
done if you don't have the necessary drive space to have a duplicate of all
the files while the transfer is being done but it's better than no solution
at all and most people nowadays do have tons of space :)
That's it, hope it