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External HDD is Write Protected?


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#1 KWall24

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 08:49 PM

So, I had a virus, it was the Windows XP Recovery fake program one, and it had made it so all of my stuff was hidden. Everything on the C:\ drive was "gone", but was actually still there. I have an external drive for all my media. It was plugged in when I got infected. I have a paranoia with infecting the external drive, so I always unplug it immediately when I see problems. Anyway, I cleaned out most, if not all, of the virus. 90% of my stuff was back to normal. So I plugged in my external, USB, Seagate 1TB GoFlex Desktop HDD. I can see almost everything in the root of the drive fine. Keyword: almost. I could tell something was wrong because my dropbox folder is in the root of my external, and the green/blue badge wasn't there.

So, I went into the folder and there was nothing there. I check the rest of the drive, and everything is hidden. I enable show hidden folders and I can see everything now, and I right click on a hidden folder, properties, and uncheck the Make Hidden box. Hit apply.

"An error occured applying attributes to the file: The media is write protected." Now, I've tried all that I can think of. I tried looking in the drive properties for a "read only" box to uncheck, I tried a cmd command for making all files not hidden, and it doesn't work. There is no physical switch for write protection. What else can I do to make it so I can write to these files/this drive? I need this drive guys...

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:25 AM

Not sure this will let you get to external HDD, but would assume it does: My link
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 06:48 AM

It doesn't work, because it won't find anything. If it helps any, I also plugged the drive into another xp machine and it has the same problem. "The media is write-protected". There is no physical switch on the drive though.

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 09:26 AM

you might try the dos prompt and enter attrib /? to get the syntax

Or, sounds like a good question for seagate !

or do a search for: write protected usb hdd

not knowing your OS, unless I missed it in your post, there are solutions galore !

Edited by USN Vet, 05 June 2011 - 10:03 AM.

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:38 PM

<<Anyway, I cleaned out most, if not all, of the virus.>>

I'd say that your permissions are screwed up, which would indicate continued infection, IMO.

BleepingComputer.com - Am I infected What do I do - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum103.html

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