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all of my photos are now "read only"

by donnav63 / January 30, 2006 4:22 AM PST

I thought I was being smart by trying to organize my photos into separate files. I took one large folder and moved the pictures into 8 smaller, more specific folders. I then moved the original large folder to the recycle bin, which I emptied twice. Now, when I try to access my pictures, I get the message "file could not be opened". When I check the properties of the photos, I see that they are now "read only" files. What did I do? And how can I fix it? I am running Windows XP Home. And using Nero 7 Ultra Edition for the photos. Thanks.

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Donna, Have You Tried??
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 30, 2006 5:19 AM PST

RIGHT click on each folder that contains picture files, choose "Properties". When the properties window of the folders opens, then UNCHECK the box that says: "Read Only". Then click on "Apply", then OK. During this last process a small window will ask you about a couple of options. Choose the one that says: "Include all subfolders and files inside this folder", then click on OK.

All picture files inside the folders now should be editable and readable.

It might also be possible that you changed the permissions somehow..In that case, after RIGHT clicking on the folder, choose "Sharing and Security", then make sure the folder is shared for all users.

Hope this helps.


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Still defaults to "read only"
by donnav63 / January 30, 2006 9:53 PM PST

Dear Grif,

I unchecked "read only", hit apply, and OK. But the file still defaults to "read only" again. When I try to drag the folder to the shared documents folder, it won't take. Somehow, though, I was able to find my photos and bring them back into the Kodak Easyshare program that came with my digital camera. Now I am able to edit them in that program. However, when I try to bring the pictures into the Nero Photo Snap program, it tells me that that file cannot be opened.

All I wanted to do was to move my photos from one hard drive to a new one and oraganize them. It was when I created new folders that I started the problems. There must be an easier way.

Thanks for your time.


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Try using a USB portable drive
by glb613 / January 31, 2006 7:21 PM PST

If you still have the photos on the old drive, transfer them using a USB portable drive.

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