External Hard drive Lacie does not accept Format, says write protected

Hello,
please help me. My Lacie Hard drive suddenly wants Format and nothing works. I can not access files. When I try format, it says it can not complete operation because it is write protected. In disk management Windows 7 shows Disk 2 unallocated. Can I keep the files on the drive somehow? How can I format it removing the write protection?
I would be greatful for some pointers.
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  1. First check the hard drive for any switches that can be for write protection, if not there then we may need to reformat it as it may be corrupt
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