A few members each week always e-mail me wanting to know the total number of poll participants in our weekly quick poll. So since we received quite a few responses to the poll on what Windows operating system you use, I'm going to let you in on the number of votes this week. In total, as of yesterday evening, the poll results were 20 votes shy of 10,000 participants. So if you break down the percentages below with the number of total votes, you'll get an idea of who uses what. As a spin-off to our quick poll section each week, I'd thought it might be worthwhile to introduce a weekly poll discussion, so in addition to each week's poll, you could not only vote and see the results but also discuss it in any shape or form. So join in the fun, and let's hear your two cents about the specific polls each week. Here's this week's poll discussion. I await your participation. Now on to this week's Q&A. I have chosen two winning answers: one by Aaron C., with a straightforward method, and one by Stan C., who gives a couple of simple solutions that I think most people would be able to comprehend. The solutions don't stop with the winning answers, because there are definitely a few ways to tackle this issue, ranging from easy to the more advanced. So please check out the honorable mentions for solutions, recommended utilities, and the possibility that SP2 could correct this issue. Read through them and discuss away. Thanks, everyone, for your great submissions!
Whenever I copy photo files to a CD on my Windows XP PC, their file attribute changes to read only. Then when I copy them from the CD to another PC, they're still read-only files, so they can't be edited. In order to edit them, I have to uncheck the Read Only box on each one. Is there any way to keep them from converting to read-only files? I don't think this happens on Macs.
--Submitted by: Brendan P.
Answer 1: While I do not know of a way to automatically toggle the read-only attribute of a file (in transit from a read-only source to the hard drive), there is a far more efficient method of changing file attributes than the one-at-a-time method you mention. When copying the files from the CD to another PC, copy them all to a special folder created just for the move. Once the files have been copied, go into the folder, select all the files in the folder (either with the mouse, by holding the CTRL key and pressing A, or by clicking the Edit menu and Select All), then right-click any one of the items and click Properties... Read more--Submitted by Aaron C.
Answer 2:This is a common problem, with a few solutions. If you have a CD-ROM that will burn CD-RW (read/write), then the CD will act as a normal disk drive media. This requires that you use CD drives capable of utilizing CD-RW media, and you may need to format the CD before using it for CD-RW.
Another solution is to zip the files first, then put the ZIP files onto the CD. When you unzip the files, the attributes should be as they were originally (presumably read/write). This takes more time and disk space on the originating system but has the advantage of saving space on the CD. This leaves you with more room if you are using multisession recording... Read more
--Submitted by Stan C. of Glenside, Pennsylvania
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For some time now, there has been a problem with my CD-ROM drives (CD-ROM and CD-RW drives). Sometimes the drives are recognized by Windows and sometimes they are not. When they are not recognized, I can't open or use the CD drives, and the drives are not listed in My Computer. I even opened up the PC to make sure the drives were properly connected to the motherboard by removing and attaching the cables again. But even this did not solve the problem. Would someone know what the problem could be? I would really appreciate it.
--Submitted by: Rahul M. of Auckland, New Zealand
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