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Write Protected Hard Drive

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#1 MDTechService


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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:49 PM

Here's a puzzler. I bought a batch of 160GB IDE hard drives off eBay for $25 (hey, 8 for $25, it's still a deal!). The only thing is, 3 of these hard drives aren't showing up in Windows. Ok, no biggie.

I go commando prompting in diskpart and sure enough, the drive is there. It's offline. Try to make it active or online the drive, and I get error: disk is write protected. I plugged one in, and it was already online and I was able to active it, however when I tried to format it, got the write protected message again.

So, I decided to try this on Ubuntu. Same exact message. Back to Windows, I changed the write protect value in the registry. No luck.

Any have any ideas/suggestions?
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:58 PM

Have you tried a Google Search It gave me lots of links.


1. Open a Command prompt by clicking Start, typing command, and clicking Command Prompt.
2. Type diskpart and press Enter.
3. Type list volume and press Enter.
4. Type select volume #, where # is the number of the drive that's giving you the "write-protected" error. In my case, I ended up typing select volume 3.
5. Type attributes disk clear readonly and press Enter.
6. Type exit and press Enter.


Easiest way is to use Windows dispart in the command prompt window.

Open the command prompt box with right click and run as administrator

Type each of these commands one at a time in this order:
list volume
select volume n (where n = the problem volume)
attributes disk clear readonly
attributes volume clear readonly

After each of the last two you should get a response that it was successful.

Your drive should now be both read and write capable.

and many more

Good Luck

Edited by rotor123, 04 October 2012 - 04:00 PM.

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