Or the external drive is FAT32. I'd test if that's the issue by changing the external to NTFS.
emachine with win7 64x. Windows Business office 2000. Word and excel work as they should when accessed from the main hard drive. When I access either from an external hard drive it becomes a read only file it can be saved but only by giving it another name. These files on the external hard drives are not in read only format. If I copy a file from an external hard drive to the main hard drive it behaves normally. I?ve just discovered that image files cannot be changed without changing the name. These files on the external hard drives where all done using XPsp3. Any file that is created on the main hard drive and saved on the external hard drive works as it should and even more curious any file created on an external hard drive and the cut and pasted onto the main hard drive and the copied back to an external hard drive works as it should. Is there any way to fix this so that the external hard drive files work properly without my first cutting and pasting them into the main hard drive and then back again to the external hard drive? Were are looking at 50GB of files.