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    Write-Protected? (Home Premium)

    I have a Western Digital 750gig external drive that I use for backups.

    Why would I get a write-protected error when I try to create a folder on the drive, even "as Administrator"?

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    Re: Write-Protected? (Home Premium)

    Dunno!
    Can you save/copy ordinary files to the drive?
    Can you create the folder on a local drive and copy it over?

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    Re: Write-Protected? (Home Premium)

    Leif:

    I can read from it fine, but not write ANYTHING to it.

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    Re: Write-Protected? (Home Premium)

    Try this aptly named link:
    http://msinfluentials.com/blogs/jesper/arc...hard-drive.aspx

    Basically:
    <hr>This is becoming a very common question as people move to Windows Vista. You have an external or extra hard drive formatted under Windows XP. In Windows XP you were running as a member of the Built-in Administrators Group, and you could write to it just fine. In Vista, you are also a member of the Built-in Administrators group, but now you can't write to it.

    The reason is permissions, but the reason they become a problem is because of User Account Control (UAC).<hr>

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    Re: Write-Protected? (Home Premium)

    I'll take a look... thanks Leif.

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    Re: Write-Protected? (Home Premium)

    Leif:

    I couldn't gain access through the method on the link. I could and did through restoring an image.

    What file(s) do I need to back up to save this from re-occurring?

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    Re: Write-Protected? (Home Premium)

    What have you tweaked this time?

    I visit many Vista forums and yours is the first that I have seen.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Write-Protected? (Home Premium)

    Well Dave, If you follow the link that Leif gave, you'd see that I'm hardly the one and only.

    Since I'm not doing *anything* intentio0nally, and more to the point, I'm not doing *anything* to any of your machines, why such a 'tude, dude?

    If you think I'm just a fool who causes their own problems, you're entitled to that opinion.

    So just ignore my posts.

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    Re: Write-Protected? (Home Premium)

    That one link lead to NO other reports. As I said, I visit a lot of Vista forums and yours and the one link that Leif posted are the only ones that I have seem. I even did a Google search and only the one came up.

    The problem is others see some of your tweaking and believe that what you are doing just MIGHT help them out, BUT as you know your systems have gotten into deep trouble. So I am concerned with your misleading others into the same deep waters.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Write-Protected? (Home Premium)

    To be honest, I have no idea!

    As the excerpt states: "You have an external or extra hard drive formatted under Windows XP...", what happens if you format it under Vista?

    And keep that backup image handy <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Write-Protected? (Home Premium)

    Leif:

    I have nor had any idea either... but I was lucky in that I read one post on line that talked about Vista SP-1 being the culprit, and sure enough, I restored an image I had and guess what? The external works fine now.

    In one post they talked about corrupted or damaged rights to the disk.

    Are security settings and rights stored anywhere that they can be saved "off-site"?

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