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Digital Photo Processing

Photos Copied From CD May be Read-Only

SUMMARY: Manipulate and overwrite photos copied to your hard drive from a CD.

If you copy photos from a CD back to your computer, then modify them in image editing software and try to resave them on your computer, you might get an "Access Denied" or "Cannot Write to File" error. This is because with some operating systems and some ways of copying files from a CD to your computer's hard drive, the files are set to "Read-Only" mode. Thus, they cannot be overwritten without taking an extra step.

If you cannot overwrite a file, access the file's properties and deselect its "Read-Only" state. The instructions differ depending on the operating system. For example, under Windows:

1. Right-click the file.
2. Choose "Properties".
3. Uncheck "Read-Only" when the "Properties" dialog box appears.
4. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.

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