How to remove media write protection in external hard drive Tags: Hard Drives Western Digital How To Write Protection External Hard Drive Storage Last response: January 25, 2013 12:28 AM in Storage Share solegrin January 23, 2013 8:59:05 AM Hello, I would like to ask how can I re-access or retrieve my files from my western digital external HD 500gb. I can initialize the disk because it says, "The Media is write protected" Please help me. I attached a screen shot of my problem. http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/6683/huhuf.png More about : remove media write protection external hard drive | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Reply to solegrin Register or log in to remove phil22 January 23, 2013 10:26:14 AM A utility called "Thumbscrew" may fix the write protection: http://www.irongeek.com/i.php?page=security/thumbscrew-... | Report abuse Reply to phil22 NanaJo-55 January 24, 2013 3:46:19 AM You could remove the write protection like this: http://www.itrelated.info/remove-write-protection-from-... | Report abuse Reply to NanaJo-55 solegrin January 24, 2013 9:18:15 AM NanaJo-55 said:You could remove the write protection like this: http://www.itrelated.info/remove-write-protection-from-... hello Sir, I already tried this process.. but sadly I dont have a folder called "Storage Device Policies". Its weird because I've been using my external HD for a long time, and then suddenly it becomes unreadable. Any other options I can do? I have super important files related to work thats why I need to recover my files | Report abuse Reply to solegrin solegrin January 24, 2013 9:25:36 AM phil22 said:A utility called "Thumbscrew" may fix the write protection: http://www.irongeek.com/i.php?page=security/thumbscrew-... Uploaded with ImageShack.us I tried it but it still says "The Media is write-protect" | Report abuse Reply to solegrin Ulricalolo159 January 25, 2013 12:28:39 AM There are some software to fix this write protected drive problem online. You could select one to take a chance. | Report abuse Reply to Ulricalolo159 Register or log in to remove Ask the community Post an answer Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>How to remove media write protection in external hard drive> Related ressources: ForumHow to remove write protection from seagate external hard drive ForumWrite protection on Toshiba external hard drive . ForumHow to remove write protection of a folder on an external disk drive ForumHow to initialize my external hard drive it is write protected ForumExternal hard drive remove write protection macbook ForumHow to remove media write protection ForumSoftware to remove the write protection of a 2TB external hard drive ForumHow to remove write protection of a folder on an external disk drive ForumHow to remove write protection on an external disk drive ForumDelete write protected media from pen drive ForumHow do I remove write protection from a USB memory stick? ForumIs it possible to install windows on a external hdd?????? ForumExternal hdd clicking ForumCHKDSK on External Drive Doesn't Work - URGENT ForumWD My Passport External HD Failure ForumTwo hard drives to one? Forum[Solved] Two Hard drives ForumExternal hard drive not working ForumHow do i get files off my external hard drive when it says it needs formatting ForumCloning crashed drive fail... Help More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !