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Windows 7: Can't remove "read-only" attribute from folders or files

10 Dec 2017   #1
rehtse

Windows 7 Home, 64bit
 
 
Can't remove "read-only" attribute from folders or files

It started out with my microSD card - I tried to view the files on my computer and it said "the disk is write-protected" and wouldn't let me view anything. I realized the adapter was locked ,unlocked it and tried again. This time I could view the files but run the Error-checking tool on the card. Same message showed up, "The write disk is protected." Tried another adapter, same thing happened.

I then copied everything I had in the SD card into a new folder on my computer and formated it, thinking this might solve the issue. But of course I wouldn't be here if it had Still can't run the error-checking tool, or create a new folder. I tried to copy the files back to the card and kept getting the same message, that the folders were write-protected. I tried unchecking the "Read-Only" box on the folders, then used command prompt, then went into the folders and unchecked the box for the content instead of the folders (i.e. pics, audio). Nothing's worked.

I'm a little desperate and very frustrated. How do I remove the attribute from the files I copied from my SD card? And how do I fix the issue with my SD card itself?

Thanks a bunch.


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10 Dec 2017   #2
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Hi rehtse,

Here's a possible solution to your permissions issue with your MicroSD card.

Post from Tom'shardware


Read through the entire post(s) regarding files system used in formatting MicroSD card.

Tutorial by Brink:

Read-only File and Folder Attribute

Let us know if this worked for you!
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11 Dec 2017   #3
looked

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rehtse View Post
I'm a little desperate and very frustrated. How do I remove the attribute from the files I copied from my SD card
Also try the take ownership shortcut trick: Take Ownership Shortcut and once you get all files and save them in a safe place, format the card as FAT and see if you're able to use it again.
Unfortunately some memory card manufacturers install nasty utilities that sometimes can create frustration.
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11 Dec 2017   #4
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I have the same issue. What does the tutorial mean by "that adapter has the 'lock' switch put down." How would I know if it's down? Device manager?
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12 Dec 2017   #5
looked

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
I have the same issue. What does the tutorial mean by "that adapter has the 'lock' switch put down." How would I know if it's down? Device manager?
The SD cards have a plastic switch (small button) on one side that prevent people inadvertently deleting data so when the switch is in position ON, you may not delete anything but only read and copy from the card.
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12 Dec 2017   #6
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I know about the lock, I thought there was something at the slot on the machine. Mine tells me it's locked whichever way I push it. Time for a new card?
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12 Dec 2017   #7
looked

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
Time for a new card?
Maybe, but I would first try it on another machine.
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13 Dec 2017   #8
rehtse

Windows 7 Home, 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Hi rehtse,

Here's a possible solution to your permissions issue with your MicroSD card.

Post from Tom'shardware


Read through the entire post(s) regarding files system used in formatting MicroSD card.

Tutorial by Brink:

Read-only File and Folder Attribute

Let us know if this worked for you!
Miraculously, the software recommended in the first link worked for me! Thank you so much :)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
I know about the lock, I thought there was something at the slot on the machine. Mine tells me it's locked whichever way I push it. Time for a new card?
This was very frustrating, but somehow I fiddled with the lock again after a few days and this time it worked. No idea why...but try it again in two days and see if that works. Good luck! :)
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13 Dec 2017   #9
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

No problem rehtse, glad I could assist you in rectifying your problem.

To the others posting on this thread. If you look closely at your MicroSD or SDcard it should indicate the lock position.

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