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Is it possible to go one step further than simply setting the attributes of a file or folder to read-only in Windows ? The "R" attribute is fairly weak, in that any application can choose to override it and delete/modify the file. Is there some possible way of going one step further and making a file/folder or even entire drive totally read-only ?

I ask because every Sunday I do a full system scan for viruses (using Avast, Spybot and Malware Bytes) and it takes nearly 4 hours for them to complete. I have hundreds of gigs of files that don't get updated and I'd be quite happy to make them really read only.
    
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try playing with the permissions
still not quite sure what you are trying to do... but if you want it so the "system" doesn't have access to the file you could remove it from from the permissions... not sure what the effect will be though
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My goal is to be able to make an entire folder structure's contents (or an entire drive) be completely read-only. No program (e.g. virus) has permission to modify or delete it. I'd do this to all my music and TV recordings for example.

The benefit being that (a) they can't get infected, (b) because they can't get infected I won't have to scan them and my weekly system scan can fall to below an hour, instead of 4-5 hours.
    
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My goal is to be able to make an entire folder structure's contents (or an entire drive) be completely read-only. No program (e.g. virus) has permission to modify or delete it. I'd do this to all my music and TV recordings for example.

The benefit being that (a) they can't get infected, (b) because they can't get infected I won't have to scan them and my weekly system scan can fall to below an hour, instead of 4-5 hours.
If it was that simple, it would have been done already. The only way to make a file/folder completely read-only is to put it on read-only media such as CD or DVD. Even if you edit permissions, a virus can override that if it gains Administrator privileges on your PC.
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Found this utility. It makes USB drives read-only. As on my new rig, all the music/tv type big data files are going to be stored on two 2TB USB3.0 Sata 600 drives, this is going to be ideal. No more repeated scanning of them
    
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