Disk is write protected

Hello,
my hard drive wont let me put anything on or take anything off and when i try to change permissions it tells me all the files on the hard drive are write protcted i dont want to loose the files how do i change that things is i think i set up the drive on my desk top and im in afghanastan on my laptop
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  1. Last time this happened to me, I had to transfer 500 gigs of files into another external HD and then do a format and then transfer the files back.
  2. [carefully] use a partition editor (PartitionMagic, PartedMagic etc) and check if the partition has been marked as write protected.
  3. ok thanks guys ill try that
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