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    Problem: WinXP sets USB drive to read-only

    Here's my situation. I am currently in Iraq and use computers at an MWR "internet cafe". The computers are running Windows XP Pro SP2. These computers are locked down pretty tight to prevent tampering (or any real use of an experience operator).

    I have a 2.5" USB harddrive that I carry around with me. On it, I carry PortableFirefox, EssentialPIM, and KeePass (web browser, organizer, and password manager). Plus I also use the drive to download load pictures of my daughter and whatever else I may need. Here within the past week or so, I have not been able to run these programs.

    - PortableFirefox will not run or download any webpage. It does not have access to the drive that it requires.
    - EssentialPIM complains about the database being in read-only mode.
    - KeePass also says that the database cannot be saved whenever changes are made.

    I can also download a file to the drive (provided it is in a sub-directory because the computer won't allow me to write to the root of the drive). But if I decide to go back and change the name of the file (which was just created), I'm told that the file is read-only.

    As an experiment, I copied my organizer database to the desktop and opened it with EssentialPIM. The program performed just like it should. When I tried to copy the database back to my drive... read-only popped up.

    Now, I know what you're gonna say. I need to remove the read-only attribute from ALL my files. Gimme a little bit more credit. I already thought of that one. The files are not read-only. I have a program called TrackerV3 that confirms that the files are not read-only.

    Windows has placed some sort of restriction on local drives. A memory stick probably won't have this problem because it is classified as a Drive with Removeable Storage. Unfortunately, I can't run to the store and grab a memory stick (plus, I've already lost three of them out here). Anyone have any suggestions?

    EDIT: I also forgot to mention that the system is logged in with a guest account so I do not have administrator access.

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    I found this on MS Support
    How to take ownership of a file
    Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials.

    To take ownership of a file, follow these steps: 1. Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
    2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
    3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
    4. In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

    The administrator or the Administrators group now owns the file. To change the permissions on the files and folders under this folder, go to step 5.
    5. Click Add.
    6. In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to give access to the file. For example, type Administrator.
    7. Click OK.
    8. In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.
    9. When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.
    I wonder if I do this on my laptop prior to bringing the drive to the internet cafe will solve the problem...

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    Problem solved. I used the above mentioned steps and noticed that the "EVERYONE" user had no priviledges. Wierd because I could still read and add but not modify. Another thing to note is that Simple File Sharing has to be disabled (Tools > Options > View and the last entry is Use Simple File Sharing).

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    wow, a one man thread with a problem & a solution glad you got it.....

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    Yeah. I was kinda proud myself. Ended up solving my own problems. It must have been because I had to post the problem in order to be able to solve it. Who knows...?

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