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Read-only on USB

  1. #1


    Reilwin Guest

    Read-only on USB

    The problem:
    I have a usb stick (Sandisk U3 Cruzer mini) on which I've saved several
    files in a variety of folders. Now, I want to delete some of those files and
    folders, but am unable to do so.

    Attempting to disable read-only on the folders is useless, and research on
    the internet found that having folders set as "read-only" is expected
    behaviour and doesn't prevent them from being manipulated.

    However, I am unable to deleted any folder (trying to do so results in no
    change). Trying to delete the files inside the folders (which are NOT set as
    "read-only") has the file disappear from the explorer window, but re-appears
    when the window is refreshed.

    Other solutions on the web involved changing the user permissions via Disk
    X: -> Properties ->Security tab. However, as a removable drive, there is no
    security tab available.

    Would anybody happen to know how I could delete those files?

    Additional System info:
    I use Vista Home Premium
    Previously accessed those files from computers using Windows XP and Gentoo
    Linux.

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  2. #2


    Augustus Guest

    Re: Read-only on USB


    "Reilwin" <Reilwin@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:A8817E91-714A-4D84-A4A2-9B4AAE4A2B85@xxxxxx

    > The problem:
    > I have a usb stick (Sandisk U3 Cruzer mini) on which I've saved several
    > files in a variety of folders. Now, I want to delete some of those files
    > and
    > folders, but am unable to do so.
    >
    > Attempting to disable read-only on the folders is useless, and research on
    > the internet found that having folders set as "read-only" is expected
    > behaviour and doesn't prevent them from being manipulated.
    Tried taking ownership of the files via the Command Prompt running as
    Administrator?
    takeown /f filepath should allow you to modify or delete.



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  3. #3


    Darrell Gorter[MSFT] Guest

    Re: Read-only on USB

    Hello,
    After taking ownership, you still need to acquire permissions.
    From the same elevated CMD prompt you need to run something like this.
    Icacls.exe filename /grant usernameF)
    Thanks,
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

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    |> "Reilwin" <Reilwin@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    |> news:A8817E91-714A-4D84-A4A2-9B4AAE4A2B85@xxxxxx
    |> > The problem:
    |> > I have a usb stick (Sandisk U3 Cruzer mini) on which I've saved several
    |> > files in a variety of folders. Now, I want to delete some of those
    files
    |> > and
    |> > folders, but am unable to do so.
    |> >
    |> > Attempting to disable read-only on the folders is useless, and
    research on
    |> > the internet found that having folders set as "read-only" is expected
    |> > behaviour and doesn't prevent them from being manipulated.
    |>
    |> Tried taking ownership of the files via the Command Prompt running as
    |> Administrator?
    |> takeown /f filepath should allow you to modify or delete.
    |>
    |>
    |>


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