Seagate external hard drive is write protected

I have a 500GB Seagate (USB) that was working fine before I moved. After move (and subsequent reaasembly of system) hard drive is write-protected ?? I can see the files and directories on the drive, I just can't alter them. There is no "external switch" like a thumb drive has...and I have gone back and forth thru the windows disk manager without finding anything. Using XP Pro for the OS...

Appreciate the help
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  1. Try this:

    "Access is Denied" error message when you try to open a folder

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/810881
  2. Nope, that's not it. Thanks for trying though.
  3. I have had probably over 15 external hd's over the years and every issue I can remember was for the same issue. Cold solder joints on the power cable going to the hd itself. So look into you may just need to resolder or buy a new case
  4. mgc500 said:
    I have a 500GB Seagate (USB) that was working fine before I moved. After move (and subsequent reaasembly of system) hard drive is write-protected ?? I can see the files and directories on the drive, I just can't alter them. There is no "external switch" like a thumb drive has...and I have gone back and forth thru the windows disk manager without finding anything. Using XP Pro for the OS...

    Appreciate the help



    Hi

    Still u have writeprotection error....

    Do onething like this...

    Rightclick on externaldisk and select sharing and security tab then select security tab there u give full permissions to all users and save that u can solve that error..........
    enjoy
    futherqueries contact molagavallijagan@gmail.com
  5. Hi, I also have a 500GB Seagate (USB) HD. I have experience the same issue - was working fine - then today not working. I can't write to the drive anymore. I can't change the security tab to modify permissions cause that requires writing to the disk and I don't have permission.
    So now what?
    Do I have to go into REGEDIT to fix this? If so, exactly what entry.
    I have a HP-media computer running Windows 7 Home premium.

    Thanks
  6. Sorry it is a SimpleTech external drive, not the Seagate.
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