External hard disk write protected

My WD hard disk is not shown in My computer but its there in Computer mangement.its not Initialized & when i try to initialize it says its write protected.
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  1. I have a similar problem with my Seagate external drive. It occasionally disappears in Windows but shows up in Disk Management. I noticed in Disk Management the external drive does not have a drive letter assigned. All I need to do is to assign a drive letter and it shows in Windows again.
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