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    Read only hard disk? (XP SP1)

    Is there a program or technique for Windows XP to toggle a hard disk to make it read only? I want to be able to make a storage hard disk read only most of the time and make it writeable only when I explicitly want to write something to it.

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    Re: Read only hard disk? (XP SP1)

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    Re: Read only hard disk? (XP SP1)

    No, that isn't what I am looking for. AC only works at the folder/file level. I want something that works at the hard disk level to block ALL attempts to write anything to a hard disk.

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    Re: Read only hard disk? (XP SP1)

    The simple (and flip) answer to your question is that the only way to prevent your hard disk from being written to is to disconnect it from your computer.

    Any operating system requires to write a whole variety of files and areas to the system and/or boot partition, and you can't get round that.

    If you have a second hard disk which is used only for data files, you could set the attributes of all the (sub-)folders and files to Read-Only (which is possibly what the previously-suggested method does), but I'm not sure that you can set the Root directory to Read-Only. Logically that would mean you could NEVER change anything on the disk, because changing the Read-Only status would involve a write to the disk!

    You may need to look for other solutions to your requirement.

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    Re: Read only hard disk? (XP SP1)

    Not exactly what you asked for, but could you access the hard disk via two different network shares, one of which is Read-Only and the other allowing Read-Write?

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    Re: Read only hard disk? (XP SP1)

    Have you considered a Controler Card ?? I'm not real familiar with their functions, but perhaps a controler card may have a software setting to make a disk "Read Only". I came across this, "I'd find out the controller chip used on the motherboard, and then surf the manufacturer's website for utilities. I assume that the manufacturer best knows the features of the controller, and may have built in all sorts of nifty features, like write-protection." here.
    Otherwise you might want to check into this alternative.
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    Re: Read only hard disk? (XP SP1)

    What you could do (assuming you are using NTFS drives, or some other file system that supports rights and permissions), is to only grant your regular user account read-only rights, and when you are doing something that will require you to write to the drive, log in with a different account that has been granted write rights, or use "runas" utility to run the program that needs to wrtie to the drive with elevated permissions.

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    Re: Read only hard disk? (XP SP1)

    Thanks for the replies.

    I have looked at my controller settings and the vendor's web page but didn't find anything useful there. And this would be hard to turn off/on.

    The idea about setting user rights was interesting. But I think this wouldn't address the issue because Windows OS can go around this restriction whenever it wants at the OS level.

    I like the story about the 2 headed drive or the change to the SCSI protocol (while I primarily use SCSI disks, I also have an IDE disk on this system).

    Maybe MS will consider adding this functionality to Longhorn...

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