Extraction error - cannot write to disk



  • Hi,
    New to PA so would appreciate any help here. I opened a 4GB TAR file but am unable to extract the files to copy over to my laptop drive. It gets the same error some users have already reported, albeit slighly different situation - “Error writing to a file - disk full or because of permissions”. I can see the files when I open the .tar file in PA. However, just can’t extract or preview or anything for some reason. I’ve got plenty of disk space and I’m logged in as admin on win7. Any ideas how to fix this?

    Thanks!


  • conexware

    Hi,

    welcome to the board!
    you are using the latest version of PA?
    have you tried extracting to a different folder?
    how are you extracting? have you tried different ways of extracting?
    what is the size of the largest file inside the archive?

    thanks!


  • Banned

    When that happens usually it is because (a) the user has not set up PA to run as an administrator, (b) the folder to which you are trying to extract the file is system protected (depends on general UA settings or another program running that blocks making changes to that folder), or © the person who created the file created it in a system protected environment that changes the attributes of said file.


  • conexware

    If this is a permissions issue, just an reminder - in Windows Vista, 7 and 8.x, when you start a program, it does not run as admin (even if you are an admin)…you have to right click on program icon and select Run As Admin.


  • Banned

    I am not 7 or 8 wizard, but it seems as if I can avoid the constant prompts if I (a) on the PA icon on my desktop, I right-click, choose “Properties,” “Advanced,” and then “Run as administrator.” If that does not work with some programs, (b) I can find the main program.exe, and after right clicking, and choosing “Properties,” and then “Security,” and changing permissions there. Finally ©, it seems to matter if I run the exe installing the program by right clicking and choosing “Run (the installation file) as an Administrator.” It appears that that selection gets inherited somehow by the program itself.

    If this is rotten advice, please say so. I have stumbled across these trying to avoid unnecessary conflicts and dialogue boxes.



  • Thanks guys. Followed the advice from Socrates and seems to have fixed it. Weird thing is that I still get the error prompt but it now can extract and copy the file to my directory. Don’t know what’s prompting the error though. Appreciate the help!


  • Alpha Testers

    @Socrates:

    I am not 7 or 8 wizard, but it seems as if I can avoid the constant prompts if I (a) on the PA icon on my desktop, I right-click, choose “Properties,” “Advanced,” and then “Run as administrator.” If that does not work with some programs, (b) I can find the main program.exe, and after right clicking, and choosing “Properties,” and then “Security,” and changing permissions there. Finally ©, it seems to matter if I run the exe installing the program by right clicking and choosing “Run (the installation file) as an Administrator.” It appears that that selection gets inherited somehow by the program itself.

    If this is rotten advice, please say so. I have stumbled across these trying to avoid unnecessary conflicts and dialogue boxes.

    The only problem is that you really only want to run something as with administrator privileges when you need to. On other occasions when you’re not expecting to need administrator privileges it’s safer not to have them.


 

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