Sometimes, you may have difficulty in modifying contents on a file or save new files to a partition when it is set as readonly. If you want to write new data to a readonly partition, you have to remove readonly attribute on it. This page would tell how to clear read-only status on hard disk partition on Windows computer.
If you want to clear read-only status on Windows 7, 8, 10, you can accomplish the task with the following two methods:
Method 1: Remove readonly attribute in My Computer
On Windows 7, 8 and 10 operating system, you can easily set read-only attribute to a disk partition in My Computer by following the guide below:
Step1. Open My Computer (This PC on Windows 10). Right click the partition that has read-only attribute and click Properties option.
Step2. Click Security tab and then click Edit button.
Step2. Choose the user name that you use to set readonly attribute previously and select the Permissions for system. Then, click OK button to confirm to remove the readonly attribute.
Method 2: Clear readonly status with Diskpart
In Windows 10, 8, 7 OS, you are also able to run Diskpart in Command Prompt to clear read-only attribute on any partition on your computer. You can follow the tutorial below:
Step1. Open Command Line and type Diskpart
Step2. Type list disk
Step3. Type select disk
Step3. Type attributes disk clear readonly
The functions of Windows XP are less than Windows 7, 8 and 10 OS. Whether you open My Computer or run Diskpart from Command Line, you cannot set a partition as readonly. You can only set folders or files on Windows XP hard disk partition as read-only. If you want to remove readonly attribute on any file or folder in Windows XP, you can use the following methods:
Method 1: Eliminate Readonly attribute using Properties menu
Opening My Computer in Windows XP, it is easy to eliminate readonly attribute on any file or folder by using Properties menu by following the steps below:
Step1. Right click the read-only file or folder and click Properties option.
Step2. Unselect the Read-onlyoption under General tab and then click Apply button
Step3. Click OK button to confirm to remove the read-only attribute.
Method 2: Remove Read-only status using Attrib command
Another method to remove read-only status on a file or folder is to use Attrib command.
Here is the tutorial to remove readonly attribute by using Attrib command on Windows XP:
Step1. Click Start button and then select Run
Step2. Type attrib -r +s drive:\
Pay attention: The methods above to remove read-only attribute on file or folder in Windows XP are also available in Windows 7, 8 and 10 when you want to remove readonly status on any file or folder.
For all Windows users, you can eliminate readonly attribute by using free partition software IM-Magic Partition Resizer. It is able to set read-only attribute for any partition and remove read-only attribute on partition without touching any data on the partition. This software is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10. You can follow the guide below to remove readonly status on any Windows partition:
Step1. Right click the partition and select "Set readonly" option
Step2. Confirm set the selected partition as readonly and click "Apply Changes" button.
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