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How to remove write protection from seagate external hard drive

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June 14, 2012 1:41:04 PM

Hello,
Can someone please tell me how to remove write protection from seagate external hard drive ?

Thanks
a c 317 G Storage
June 14, 2012 10:48:34 PM

Easiest way is to use Windows dispart in the command prompt window.

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.

Your drive should now be both read and write capable.
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October 3, 2012 9:14:44 PM

RealBeast said:
Easiest way is to use Windows dispart in the command prompt window.

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.

Your drive should now be both read and write capable.



Hi.
I have a serious problem that I'd love if someone could help me with. Plugging my external hard drive into my work laptop showed it as write protected. I'm not sure why but I needed to get rid of this to back up some important data. The above advice looked pretty harmless and also appeared to work. The big problem now is- when I plug the drive into the laptop it shows up as not being formatted. There is 1.5TB of data on the drive I don't want to lose, it would take me quite a while to get that all back, some of it I cannot. Does anyone have any idea how I can recover the situation? Either by reversing what was done, or by manually putting into the command prompt the format for the disk?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
October 6, 2012 4:10:22 PM

For anyone who finds this thread and has a similar problem- here is an update.

I was advised to use disk recovery tools and partition recovery tools, but they didnt really fix the problem. They did make it possible for me to recover individual files which was a relief, but it would have been a massive and time consuming process to do this completely.

I found another fix which completely solved the problem.
In the cmd window type-
"chkdsk h: /f " (without quotes) where H is the letter of the drive with the problem. This checks the drive for errors and fixes them automatically. It fixed it for me.
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