Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

HDD has no partition and it's write protected

Last response: in Storage
Share
February 21, 2012 11:34:21 PM

Hello,

I have a 500gb HDD model WDC WD50 which was installed in a Laptop and it's now connect to my PC.
When I go to Windows disk management it shows as Unknown - Not initialized - Not Alocated. If I try to make it Online it will give me an cyclic redundancy error. If I try to initialize it, I can't because option is greyed out. If I try to low format it, it says that device is write protected, even if I try to low format it using the Western Digital format tool.
How can I remove the write protection from it? Is there a way to bring this HDD back? It is brand new :( 

Thanks!
February 21, 2012 11:46:37 PM

Hi, Vollman.

Didn't work. When I list the disks, it only shows my primary disk (Disk 0). It doesn't show the "no partition" one.

Thanks
m
0
l
Related resources
February 21, 2012 11:50:27 PM

at the disk selection screen, hit 'shift+f10'
m
0
l
February 21, 2012 11:52:06 PM

I am sorry man, where exactly?
m
0
l
February 21, 2012 11:53:50 PM

after you boot with the WIN disk in, you should come to a screen that shows your HDDs (minus the missing one). It also has option to format, partition etc.

At this screen do the 'shift+f10'
m
0
l
February 21, 2012 11:56:45 PM

Is there a set of jumpers on the drive? You could have one set to write protect.
m
0
l
February 22, 2012 12:15:59 AM

saii, PC is running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bits, laptop were running Windows 7 Home Premium. When I try to set a partition style to this HDD, system won't let me, saying it's write protected.
m
0
l
February 22, 2012 12:16:40 AM

No jumpers, bak0n...
m
0
l
February 22, 2012 12:17:13 AM

did you hit 'shift-f10' at the disk selection screen?
m
0
l
February 22, 2012 12:18:55 AM

Vollman, if you're talking about the advanced partition settings in Windows install, forget it. tried all the options, and it will come up with an error saying that I can't create a partition, probably because of the goddamn write protection (that I'd never set, btw...)
m
0
l
February 22, 2012 12:20:16 AM

Method 8 cleans the disk (wipe and reformat). If you haven't tried it, its worth a shot. But its your call.

Edit:

Its not an 'option' that you would see.
m
0
l
February 22, 2012 12:26:51 AM

I would love to use this method, but the disk I'm talking about is not listed.
m
0
l

Best solution

February 22, 2012 12:32:08 AM

So you did these steps:

1) Insert the DVD into the DVD drive.
2) On the disk selection screen, press SHIFT+F10. A Command Prompt window opens.
3) Type diskpart, and then press ENTER to open the diskpart tool.
4) Type list disk, and then press ENTER. A list of available hard disks is displayed.

And then the disk isn't listed?

Share
February 22, 2012 12:44:15 AM

ok, I put it back to the laptop and now it was detected. selected it and then typed "clean all". It's still "thinking", I don't know how long it takes. HDD led is lit, so let's see. Will update you in a few!
m
0
l
February 22, 2012 1:04:24 AM

Heh, still thinking... I will let it work overnight and let you know :)  Either way, thanks!
m
0
l
February 22, 2012 1:09:00 AM

yw and good luck with it ;) 
m
0
l
February 22, 2012 9:32:21 PM

Good try, but it didn't work. Apparently, the disk was cleared but Windows installer keeps saying that I can't install / create a partition in that disk. I didn't had time to perform more tests after clearing it up, but the prospect isn't good. I will check this weekend. I believe I have a major physical issue with this HDD... Meh.

Either way, thanks for your time Vollman. You and everyone else who tried to help...
m
0
l
February 22, 2012 9:32:41 PM

Best answer selected by revett.
m
0
l
!