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Removing Write Protection from video files.

by theaterboy520 / April 8, 2013 9:54 AM PDT

I have three video files that I downloaded.

Two of them are MP4 and the other is a WMA.

I have been trying to put them on my external hard drive. It is a WD My Passport.

Every time I try to cut and past or copy the files over it tells me that they are write protected. I have already checked the properties of the files, and unselected the read only option.

If anyone knows what I can do to fix this, it would be a big help.

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Clarification Request
Was this from a torrent?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2013 10:25 AM PDT

If so, the torrent discussions tell why this happens. I don't support torrents so I'll stop here.

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Torrent was not used
by theaterboy520 / April 8, 2013 4:02 PM PDT

No, they were not downloaded using torrents?

I downloaded them using RealPlayer.

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Ask Real?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2013 11:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Torrent was not used

If RealPlayer has a lock on the file you may have to reboot and not let RealPlayer run to remove the lock.

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Re: write protected
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 8, 2013 4:58 PM PDT

Being write protected doesn't mean that it can't be read. And reading is all that's needed when copying a file. So it's strange.


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