Download WriteProt, a tool that will allow you to enable the write protection feature of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.
When you type writeprot /?, it displays:
WriteProt V01.00.00cpp Joe Richards ([email protected]) August 2004 Usage: WriteProt \[switches\] Switches: (designated by - or /) -vol x: Volume to work with - c:, d:, e:, etc. -ro Set volume to read-only -rw Set volume to read-write -view View current stats of volume. -mview View all hard disk volumes. -diskinfo Show physical disk info. -volinfo Show volume info. -info Show disk and volume info. -unsafe Change a volume that is on a basic disk w/ mult vols. Notes: This only works on Windows XP or Windows 2003 (or better) - no there isn't anything you (nor I) can do to make this work on Windows 2000 or Windows NT or something else. This tool is EXTREMELY dangerous. If you write protect the wrong drive you will be in a WORLD of hurt. You need to know what you are doing. Volumes on Dynamic disks and volumes on Basic disks are handled differently. If you have multiple volumes on a single Dynamic disk you can write protect one or more of the volumes separately. With multiple volumes on a Basic disk you have to write protect ALL of the volumes to write protect one. Because of this, if you attempt to writeprot a volume on a Basic disk that has multiple volumes a warning will be displayed and the program will stop. You must use the -unsafe option in this case so you are aware you are write protecting more than one volume. If you should happen to make your system partition read-only and you can no longer use your PC, I don't want to hear about it. Ex1: writeprot /vol d: /view Show current read-write status of D:. Ex2: writeprot /mview Show current read-write status of all detected fixed disks. Ex3: writeprot /vol d: /ro Makes D: read-only. Ex4: writeprot /vol d: /rw Makes D: read-write. Ex5: writeprot /vol d: /rw /unsafe Makes D: read-write if on basic disk w/ multiple volumes. This software is Freeware. Use it as you wish at your own risk. If you have improvement ideas, bugs, or just wish to say Hi, I receive email 24x7 and read it in a semi-regular timeframe. You can usually find me at [email protected] When I typed writeprot /info on my laptop, I received: WriteProt V01.00.00cpp Joe Richards ([email protected]) August 2004 Physical Disk Info Name : DISK0 Type : Basic #Vols: 2 C: D: Name : DISK1 Type : Basic #Vols: 1 E: Volume Info Name : C: Type : Basic #Disks: 1 DISK0 Name : D: Type : Basic #Disks: 1 DISK0 Name : E: Type : Basic #Disks: 1 DISK1 Volume: C: READ/WRITE Volume: D: READ/WRITE Volume: E: READ/WRITE The command completed successfully.