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    I'm running Windows 7 Professional on two machines. When I attach USB drives to one of the machines, files in the various folders are opened as "Read Only" and I have to create a copy to work on them. There has to be a security setting in W7, but I just can't find it. Any ideas?

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    When you create files on one system the user on that system becomes the owner. When you transport the files to another system using an NTFS formatted drive the user permissions are carried forward. Even though the user name may be the same on both systems the internal id that Windows uses will be different. So, the user on the second system won't have permissions to do anything other than read the file. Try taking ownership of the files. See Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder for instructions.

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    Thank you JoeP. I knew it had to be somewhere, but couldn't work out just where. Your post has taught me a lot I didn't know about security and W7.

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