Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 320050 contains the following summary:

This step-by-step article describes how to use the File Attribute Management Script tool ( to configure compression and display the attributes of folders and files on local and remote Microsoft Windows 2000-based computers.

The File Attribute Management Script tool is available in the Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit Supplement 1. Use this script tool to complete the following tasks on files or folders of NTFS volumes on computers that are running Windows 2000:

Display the attributes of files and folders. The following list describes the attributes that displays, and lists the letters that uses to represent them:
A : Archived. The file or folder can be archived.
C: Compressed. The file or folder is compressed.
E : Encrypted. The contents of the file or folder are encrypted.
H : Hidden. The file or folder is hidden, which means that it does not appear in Windows Explorer or in folder lists.
R: Read-only. The file or the contents of the folder is read-only, which means that it cannot be changed or accidentally deleted.
S : System. The file is a system file which is used to load, configure, or run Windows 2000.
Turn on or turn off compression of files and folders.
The information that displays corresponds to the information that appears in the Attributes section of the General tab of the Properties dialog box of a folder or file. To view this information in Microsoft Windows Explorer, right-click a folder or file, click Properties, and then click the General tab.