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File Attributes Driver Update

Each file is stored in a directory and uses an entry that describes its characteristics, including its name and size. The directory entry has a pointer of the file location on the disk. One of the characteristics stored for each file is a set of file attributes that provides information about on the operating system and how they are used.

For instance, the OS records the file’s size, extension, the date it was created as well as when it is recently modified. File permissions are recorded as well. In some cases, other attributes can be changed or added, including comments and other labels.

The use of attributes is manageable, which means that any software application can access the directory entry to check the files’ attributes, allowing them to come up with wise decisions on how to treat the file. For instance, a file management program’s deleting tool that comes across a read-only system file would at least warn the user before deleting it. The following are brief descriptions of each attribute contained by each file and directories.

Read-Only. read-only programs would usually deletion or modification. In some cases, it can still allow users to modify or delete the file, only after confirmation.

Hidden. if the file is marked hidden, then it is hidden from view under normal circumstances.

System. Any file that has this attribute is critical and more serious than that with read-only flag. Such files are not to be altered or deleted from the disk.

Volume Label. All disk volume can have an identifying label. The volume label is stored in the root directory as a file entry along with the label attribute set.

Directory. This is the bit that differentiates between entries that describe files and those that describe subdirectories within the current directory. In theory you can convert a file to a directory by changing this bit. Of course in practice, trying to do this would result in a mess–the entry for a directory has to be in a specific format.

Archive. This is a special bit that is used as a “communications link” between software applications that modify files, and those that are used for backup.

Most of the attributes for files can be modified using the DOS ATTRIB command, or by using third-party software, such as the File Attributes 3.1. This program lets you modify all the attributes of files or directories instead of those that are only shown in file properties.

The program also supports various skins and keeps the position of the windows that were viewed when they are reopened. Compared to its previous version, File Attributes 3.1 has an improved user interface. This software is compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows NT, Windows XP as well as Windows Vista.

File Attributes 3.1 is a disk storage driver update released on February 12, 2009. It comes with a 30-day trial period, but you can purchase its full version for only $9.99.

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