read only setting for external harddisk

hi,
I got an external harddisk and i want someone to tell me how to give it a read only status? or protect it's data from beeing deleted , destroyed etc
Dj_majAsked:
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jvuzCommented:
Rightclick on the drive and go to security and there you can give rights.
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jvuzCommented:
Just a question, do you want the hard disk to be exchanged between other users or will it stay on your pc.
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dabombtomCommented:
To elaborate on jvuz;

Right click the drive, choose properties, click the security tab.

There will be a list of security profiles in there, the easiest way is to remove all of them except "Everyone" and change those permissions to:

Full Control --- Deny
Modify --- Deny
Read & Execute --- Allow
List Folder Contents --- Allow
Read --- Allow
Write --- Deny
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Dj_majAuthor Commented:
hi,
i know how to do the control thing but the security tab is not even there , and im also using simple file sharing.
this is an external harddisk using USB
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jvuzCommented:
You're having admin rights on your pc?
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dabombtomCommented:
I have just checked this out, and in fact there is no security tab for external drives, but this maybe because the one I tested was formatted in FAT32, it needs to be NTFS to allow security permissions.

In that case your best bet is to just select all the files from the drive root, right click and set to read only.
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Dj_majAuthor Commented:
u think so , so should i finalize this question or wait 4 more?
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dabombtomCommented:
Well there isnt any other way to set the read only permissions than to select the folders/files on drive root and choose read only on an external drive.
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