Is there a way to give a USB stick "READ ONLY" attribute?

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  1. Mr. Y

    Mr. Y Registered Member

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    Just wondering if there is a way to give a USB stick a READ ONLY attribute? - in much the same way as you can make floppies READ ONLY.
     
  2. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    In Windows or Linux? Or both? Or some other OS?
    Mrk
     
  3. Mr. Y

    Mr. Y Registered Member

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    I was thinking of Windows when I posted, but now "both".
     
  4. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,

    In Linux, it's a piece of cake:

    mount -r /dev/XXX /mount_point

    In Windows:

    I have found some links. But since these "hacks" are offered by people I don't know, I'm not sure if I can / should post it.

    Open Regedit, go here:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control

    Create a new key called StorageDevicePolicies
    Create a new value called WriteProtect
    Set it to 1

    This might work ...

    Mrk
     
  5. EASTER

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    This probably not what you want and it might get pulled although it's safe and works as an OFF/ON. Is a batch file to enable and disable USBstor in the registry then back again. I dunno any READ ONLY apps or codes ATM. Sorry, does nothing at all for the pen drive stick, but nice little switch to deny/allow USB plug entry.

     
  6. SystemJunkie

    SystemJunkie Resident Conspiracy Theorist

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    Easter you are a batch monster coder. :D Seems to be your everyday language.
     
  7. EASTER

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    Maybe.

    But i have an even greater appetite for vbscripting which drives me to bed early some nights. Crazy about vbs i am.
     
  8. farmerlee

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    the best way is to buy a usb stick which has a write protect switch, thats what i normally do. Otherwise i use 'drivesentry anywhere' which allows me to control what gets written to the flashdrive.
     
  9. MikeNAS

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    Thanks EASTER. Because I can't find USB memorys where is on/off switch that code is usefull. It's easier to run script than remove sticks.
     
  10. Mr. Y

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    Thankyou for the replies! I will try these solutions.
     
  11. EASTER

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    Glad to help, i'm sure most will find it as simple useful for them as i do.
     
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