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Removing Write Protection on USB HDD

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May 19, 2012 9:42:47 AM

When trying to save a file to an external USB Hard Disk, I encountered the following:

The disk is write-protected

Remove the write-protection or use another disk

This error message kept coming up no matter how many times I tried. I unplug the hard disk, reboot the system, did a virus scan to the drive, and all don't work. But there is no toggle switch that I can just enable the drive to be written. Please help!

Thank you,
Stan
May 30, 2012 12:37:41 PM

Dear Realbeast,

I have tried it, but it didn't work.

Regards,
Stan
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May 30, 2012 2:44:24 PM

There is one other thing that I use if that fails in Windows 7 (older versions use a different syntax), and it has always worked. Plug the device in, perhaps into a different USB port, then use diskpart to change its attributes:

Open the command prompt box with right click and run as administrator

Type each of these commands one at a time in this order:
diskpart
list volume
select volume n (where n = the problem volume)
attributes disk clear readonly
attributes volume clear readonly

After each of the last two you should get a response that it was successful.

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June 11, 2012 7:19:38 AM

Dear Realbeast,

It works. Thank you so much.

Kind regards,
Stan
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June 11, 2012 7:22:26 AM

Best answer selected by chanstan00.
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September 30, 2013 7:06:29 AM

diskpart ?
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September 30, 2013 7:06:52 AM

diskpart ?
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February 3, 2014 8:53:35 PM

RealBeast said:
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Open the command prompt box with right click and run as administrator
Type each of these commands one at a time in this order:
diskpart
list volume
select volume n (where n = the problem volume)
attributes disk clear readonly
attributes volume clear readonly
After each of the last two you should get a response that it was successful.


That worked perfectly for me to, thanks very much.
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July 1, 2014 1:39:55 AM

thanks a lot bro,it really worked.again thanks a lot.
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