Unable to copy file - access denied

I am using Win XP, DOS window. I have two hard disks. When I use DOS to copy a file from C: to F: I get an "access denied" error message. What would cause such a message to be generated?
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  1. encryption/security protection on source files
    C: drive not ready
    F: drive write protected
    etc

    what is the F: drive you are trying to copy to? CD/flash/dvd/bd/hdd?
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