Subscriber Arjun wrote this week about a problem that occurred when he moved many of his data files from C: to D:
Hello there! How have you been Terry? This is my second e-mail to you. Got couple of questions, hoping the answers from you.
Like you said, I moved my data to my other partition while keeping windows and applications in my C: so, here’s the thing I ran into, I moved my data to D:, changed the target locations of documents, videos, downloads, music, pictures, desktop in my Users folder to the appropriate directories in D:, there by had the data moved completely.
Everything went fine, except that I’m not able to edit the files in those folders and also I’m not able to create anything new besides a new folder.
If I go back to my users directory, it allows me to create text doc, word doc, etc along with new folder. It’s just that, I’m unable to create nor modify the changes to the files in the target locations which is d: in my case.
All I can do is view the docs, if at all, I try to make some changes and click on save button, it doesn’t allow me to do so, and more importantly it says read-only and I could just save a copy of it though.
I tried to workaround it, but in vain, I passed in some cmd lines like "attrib -r -r d:\x" [x= desktop, downloads,etc] Nothing worked out for me, which was when it occurred to me that there’s is this geek, Terry.
Lemme tell u something, I tried all the possible ways to remove read-only check-box, but it bounces back for unknown reasons, may be, it’s just I don’t know. Hopefully, you can have this sorted out for me.
Thanks a ton… I look forward to hearing from you on this…..
Best Regards, Arjun
I wrote back to Arjun to suggest a possible solution. First, though, I pointed out a critical omission in the information he provided…
He didn’t say what operating system he was using. I suspected that he has created a user/ownership problem with the files. He may have copied them into place using an Administrator user ID and may be using a different user ID to try to access/edit the files.
I suggested that he try the following:
- right-click on the folder
- select properties
- Security tab
- Pick the appropriate user
- then select "Full Control" and put a check in it’s checkbox
- click apply
In the next article, let’s see if this solved Arjun’s problems…