Files are Read Only after System Crash and Recovery
Posted on 2006-04-21
I have a Windows 2000 Server that was running software mirroring (RAID1). One of the 40GB disks failed. I rebuilt the server using hardware RAID 1 (Adaptec 1200A) and used two different drives (120GB each) for mirroring. Once the server was rebuilt, I attached the 40GB drive, used Windows Disk Management to copy the data from it to one of the new mirrored drives (120GB).
Now that the data is recovered, I can't read it because the files are all read only. However, if you RIGHT CLICK a file, and look at the READ ONLY checkbox, it's unchecked. I've tried changing the files to READ ONLY, and then changing them back, and that doesn't seem to work.
For Word and Excel files, it allows me to open them as READ ONLY. For PDF files, I can create a new file from a scanned image, but it gives me the error: "The file could not be saved. Unable to open file for writing. It may be locked or unavailable." If I try to APPEND another document to an existing PDF, it gives me this error and will not save the additional scanned pages.
Any ideas on how to regain access to these files?