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Convert a disk FROM read-only to an editable form


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I have XP Home Edition, and am using Microsoft Word. I have created a document (890 KB) on my hard drive in Microsoft Word. During the course of this creation, I suffered a power outage and had to "recover' part of the document.

If I work with the document on my hard drive, I am able to edit and save changes. But I also want to be able to share the document with someone else for their edits.

When I copy the document to a CD-RW it converts to "read only". I've right-clicked the document on my hard drive -- the properties box labeled "read only" is NOT checked. But when I open the CD-RW, it IS checked and unchecking it accomplishes nothing.

If I copy the document to a flash drive, will I be able to edit the flash drive document, or will it be "read only" as well? :)

I'm a real computer novice, so please help me in very simple language! Thanks
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If I copy the document to a flash drive, will I be able to edit the flash drive document? :)

Yes. :) You'll also find that if you copy the document from the CD to your Desktop again, it will be writable again. CDs are writable and rewritable, but the content on them is inherently read-only.
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If I copy the document to a flash drive, will I be able to edit the flash drive document? :)

Yes. :) You'll also find that if you copy the document from the CD to your Desktop again, it will be writable again. CDs are writable and rewritable, but the content on them is inherently read-only.



OK -- Let me be sure I understand: so if I give someone the CD with the "read-only" file on it... Are you saying that they will then be able to copy it to their hard drive, and then edit it?
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Yes, they just can't edit what is on the CD directly.
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Thank you much.....for your very quick...and comforting... reply! :) I've printed this out and will keep it in my "computer fixes" file..which is full of really basic questions like this, and generally supportive and helpful replies...

Thanks again
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