hello, everyone- i went to help my dad on his comp - i am upgrading his cpu. this is a winxp computer. evreything is running fine. so, i make my plan: 1. backup data files. 2. update bios. 3. ground self. 4. swap cpu. ok, i think i have got a good plan here. step 1: i fail. i can't backup files - the main file he has with data is marked "read-only." I toggle this off. then, try to copy files to maxtor external drive again. fail again. i look, and folder is again marked "read only." i repeat this a bunch. same thing. finally, i downlaod a java-based file manager / backup utility, and it copies all dta files to the external drive, no problems. but please help me solve this "read only" folder problem. i searched the web a little, but the only relevant stuff i found was for networks, with various levels of privileges - this is not the case on this computer. any ideas?