Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. April 5, 2004
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Keep It Safe
When you use Xcopy at the Command Prompt to copy a group of files, all read-only attributes are reset by default. If you need to make sure you keep all your files' read-only attribute set, type
xcopy (whatever) /k
and press Enter.
If you'd like to check this, open the Command Prompt window and type
copy con test.bin
and press Enter. Now enter
and press Enter. Next, press F6 and press Enter.
attrib +r test.bin
and press Enter. To make sure the read-only attribute is set, type
and press Enter. You should see the "r" that indicates a read-only file. Next, insert a floppy disk into Drive A and type
xcopy test.bin a:
Press Enter to make the copy. If you type
and press Enter, you'll find that the read-only attribute is missing.
But if you use
xcopy text.bin a: /k
and press Enter, the attribute will remain as you can see by typing