I am using SheepShaver on Windows 10, and I enabled the option that allows SheepShaver to put a My PC icon so I could access files from my actual PC. However, when I try to drag files from My PC to the SheepShaver desktop, I can't because it says the folder is write protected. How can I make it not write protected?

  • Is there an option in Sheepshaver? If not, try from the emulated OS.
    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 9:33

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The desktop was handled oddly in Classic Mac OS. Every non-removable drive had its own Desktop Folder, and the contents of those folders from every mounted disk were displayed together on the desktop. By default, dragging a file from any disk to the desktop would attempt to move it to that drive's Desktop Folder, rather than copying it to another disk.

From what you're describing, it sounds like the "My PC" drive is treated as a local drive, but it is either read-only, or cannot have a Desktop Folder created.

As a workaround, create a folder on the desktop -- by default, this will be created on your startup disk -- then drag your file into that folder to copy it to that disk. Once you've copied the file, you can move it back out to the desktop if you so desire.

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    As a side note, the Desktop Folder was handled differently by System 6 and earlier than System 7 and later. Under System 6 a flag called "On Desk" marked that a file had be dragged to the Desktop, there was no folder at all. Under System 7 there is a magic Desktop Folder hidden on each volume that is used to store the items visible on the Desktop. The weird side effect of that Desktop Folder is that you can effectively have multiple files that look like they are on the same volume, but are actually not. Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 14:44
  • In particular, in Windows, the top level folders in SheepShaver's "My Computer" virtual volume get put in the "Virtual Desktop" folder in the SheepShaver directory. So when you drag something to the desktop in System 7 or later, you're trying to move it to Virtual Deskop\Desktop Folder. Make sure you can move files to that directory (e.g. that your regular user has NTFS write permission on it and its read-only attribute isn't set).
    – rakslice
    Commented May 1, 2020 at 3:04

See if it makes a difference by right-clicking on your folder in Windows and click on "Properties", then un-check the "Read-only" attribute.

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Or alternatively, reset the attributes from a command prompt replacing "?" with your drive letter and "folder name" with your folder name.

attrib -h -r -s /s /d ?:\folder name\*.*

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