There's a registry setting in Windows XP SP2 that allows this:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies] WriteProtect = 1
Unfortunately it has no effect in Windows 2000. I know of a setting that disables both write and read access, but that does not serve my purpose (to have read-only access).
The hard drive in question is an IDE drive. It has no physical write-protect switch (neither does the external HDD caddy) and, it seems, it does not allow write protection by configuration of its jumpers. As far as I can tell, the host machine provides no BIOS setting for it, either.
Does anyone know if there is an equivalent registry tweak for Windows 2000 to the one above for Windows XP, or any other method to obtain read-only access? For example, is there some third-party software that will achieve it in Windows 2000? Perhaps there is some universal jumper setting that I'm not aware of. More radically, does anyone know if I can achieve it by modifying the IDE cable and / or blocking the connector pins?
This post has been edited by bristols: 29 October 2011 - 05:33 PM