Sorry this method did not clear read only attrib. Maybe they do not work in newer versions of windows only xp or 2000 or they are proprietary. I have had this problem before with SATA 1 drives and used HP Format tool and it worked fine. Thanks for the help.
Odd, I was hoping the command in the very last post would have cleared all attributes. Well, nikorr posted a link above with a suggestion. Basically, the suggestion is to try formatting the hdd's while booted into safe mode. Here are the steps I extracted from nikorr's link:How to remove a write protection from your USB memory Stick if there is no Write protection ON or OFF button on stick then
1. Shutdown your computer or laptop
2. Insert USB Memory Stick into your laptop or Computer
3. Turn on laptop and then immediately start pressing (F8) key then Advanced Boot Options screen will come up
4. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt
5. After loading files if your USB Memory Stick drive letter is (G) for example then write as
6. C:\windows\system32>G: and press enter
7. G:\>format G: and press enter
8. If ask you (Y/N) then press (Y) and press enter
9. Now a full format will start which remove write protection from USB Memory Stick.
The steps are for a USB flash drive (or a jump drive) but they may work for your hard drives. If it works, remember the credit goes to nikorr.