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Old Mar 09, 2003, 05:39 PM
mejco mejco is offline
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Default CD-R as a backup medium ? [IBM clone; ; win2KPro]

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Before I had my system re-formatted, I saved all files to CD-R.
including programs. I had a Proxy server which I'm trying to re-install, but the CD-R says "read only". I don't have a CD for this program because I downloaded it from the net.
Question: Can I re-install this from my back-up CD? Or do I have to go on the net and download again?
I have a license for Wingate and know they would let me download again, but I want to know if I could get the system up and running from my backed up CD. Also I need to know if it would have been better to use a CD-RW to accomplish this?
Can anyone answer these questions?
Thanks for any help.

BTW - my CD drive is Sony CD-RW CRX185E3. I used an imation 700 MB CD-R for saving the information.
Old Mar 10, 2003, 01:16 AM
Darkman Darkman is offline
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The file attributes for all files written to CDR are changed to 'read-only' Simply copy these files to your HD , in explorer right click on the files and remove the 'read-only' status then you should be able to use them without any problems.

Using a CDRW wouldn't matter, you'll get the same issue.
Old Mar 10, 2003, 11:38 AM
yoshter1 yoshter1 is offline
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I use CD-RWs for back-up...less waste.
It really doesn't matter though, as CD-Rs are pretty darn cheap.
And if you get "free after rebate" packs, that's even better.
Old Mar 10, 2003, 01:08 PM
mejco mejco is offline
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Thanks very much to darkman and yoshter1

Both answers were very helpful, especially the one from darkman on how to change the attributes in "properties". I did that and it worked!

This forum saves a lot of frustration for those of us learning new concepts.
Thank you

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