August 19, 2005 at 9:26 pm #18896lazyturboMember
Is it possisble to protect files so that they can't be copied to another location? I still want to be able to access the files regularly, but I don't want people copying them onto another computer or USB device.
Thanks.August 19, 2005 at 9:47 pm #125140MartinBradleyMember
There is a way to do it, it's moderately complex so before I give you instructions can you tell me two things.
1) Which Operating System are you running? I can only guarentee a method with XP Pro, and possibly Home.
2) How computer literate are you?
The method involves enabling advanced file and folder sharing, and then setting the correct permissions in file properties. I shall give more detailed instructions when you reply. Thanks.August 19, 2005 at 9:47 pm #125143SpikeMember
Well, I've never heard of anyone wanting to do this before, but you could try making them Read-Only (right-click, tick Read-Only).August 19, 2005 at 9:50 pm #125144August 19, 2005 at 9:50 pm #125139Jeff HesterKeymasterAugust 20, 2005 at 1:25 am #125142lazyturboMember
Hmm…I'm using XP Home, but I guess I shouldnt do it if it's complex. I'll just hide the files so they probably won't find them.
They're just regular media files (songs and movies)…so I don't want to encrypt them and/or password protect them, or else I won't be able to play them in media players.
Thanks for the help anyways.August 20, 2005 at 1:28 am #125141MartinBradleyMember
Ok. Well, it's getting pretty late here so I'm going to turn in for the night. However as soon as I get the chance, I will construct a little tutorial for you to use.
I'll post that up sometime tomorrow.
Right, here it is.
1) Double click on My Computer, and go to the Control Panel. Open ‘Folder Options'.
2) Click the View tab, and at the very bottom is an option called, ‘Use simple file sharing (recommended)'. Make sure this is unchecked.
3) Once done, find the file which you wish to protect, right click it and open it's properties.
4) At the top, click the security tab. Near the bottom will be a button labelled, ‘Advanced', click this.
5) In the window which pops up, there's a checkbox which says, ‘Inherit from parent the permisssion entries that apply to child objects…'. Uncheck this. You'll probably get a warning box of some sort, click ‘Remove'.
6) Once done, click Apply and Ok. You should be returned to the file properties Security tab.
7) Halfway down this there is a button called, ‘Add', click this.
8) You'll then be presented with a box where you can enter usernames. For the people who you want to access the file, enter their account name exactly as it is on the computer. Click the ‘Check Names' button. Providing you've typed in the username correctly, there won't be an error. Now click Ok.
9)In the top box of the Security properties tab, you should now see the username you have just entered listed in there. Below, you will see a series of checkboxes. Click the ‘Full Control' box below the ‘Allow' heading. You can now click OK and the permissions should be set.
Sorry about the complex nature of the instructions, I've tried to make it as simple and understandable as possible without being too long-winded. Hope they help, and if you need any further help, don't hesitate to ask! Thanks.
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