How to Change Disc Attributes From Read-Only

By Jackson Lewis

As the use of recordable CDs has become more frequent, a common annoyance for computer users is the read-only attribute given to files when copied to CD. When a file has a read-only attribute, it can not be modified and some programs will not run if they are saved with this status. The file(s) receive the read-only attribute because CD-Rs are not made to be saved to more than one time. When you save the files back to a computer hard drive, they will normally copy over with the read-only attribute. Most computer operating systems require manual action on your part to remove the read-only attribute. Follow these steps.

Step 1

Copy the file or files from CD-R to your computer by right-clicking each file, left-clicking the "Send To" menu option, and clicking the folder to move the files to on your computer.

Step 2

Right-click the file on your computer's hard drive and left-click the "Properties" menu option.

Step 3

Left click the "Read-only" check box to remove the attribute from the file and left-click the "Apply" menu button.

Step 4

Repeat Step 3 for each file copied to your computer from the CD-R.