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Windows Xp Pro: Partition Read Only, Can't Modify Anything

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manuleka

In my Windows XP Professional PC there's two partitions i can't modify (write/delete/move) data on but can only read/copy files of it... weirdhow would i view partition privileges and alter it, i'm the Admin and only user


yordan

Try loggin as administrator and on the folder you can't modify try going to "advanced" and then choose the user and click each permission (read, write, etc...)


manuleka

hey yordan, when right clicking on folder and going to advance there's no other options for read, write etc... i installed Windows on this machine and created the only user (Which is the administrator as well)This is an NTFS partition created with Windows on previous Dual OS setup, and as far as i can remember the folders that i can't have modification access to were created with Ubuntu. I end up deleting both OS and freshly installed Windows XP (leaving that data partition un-altered) but strangely i can't alter anything on those Linux (Ubuntu) created folders, just read access... i want to delete some of the files there for space and reformatting the whole partition is not an option


yordan

can't alter anything on those Linux (Ubuntu) created folders, just read access... i want to delete some of the files there for space and reformatting the whole partition is not an option

If the partitions were created under Linux, then things seem normal. The owner is root or another Linux standard user.You should try booting on a Linux LiveCD and "chmod -R ugo+rwx" these folders.
This should solve the problem and, when booting again under Windows the folders should be writable again for any user, including your Windows user.
If my trick does not work, boot again with a Linux LiveCD and remove the files you don't want to keep while you are under Linux.

manuleka

thanks yordan, will try that at some stage... it's a pitty i don't have any LiveCD or DVDs lying around, damn it lol... isn't there any way of modifying this through Windows?


yordan

Each guy should have a LiveCD in his emergency toolbox.Also this emergency box should also have- A Ghost recovery CD- A CloneZilla CD- A MS-Dos CD- a DiskPart CD- A GParted CD- A Windows XP install CD And maybe nothing more because my 10-CD box is nearly full, and I still have to take a CDR-W and a DVDR-W ;)


manuleka

yea i had quite a few LiveCDs lying around, had a major cleanup so decided to dump them because i'm mostly away for work... silly move on my behalf, have isos lying around on my drive, i'll probably create a LiveUSBwould any other program do the trick though? like a free small downloadable tool? thanks for the advice tho - yordan ;)