How to initialize my external hard drive it is write protected Tags: Hard Drives Western Digital External Hard Drive USB Storage Last response: November 9, 2013 1:35 PM in Storage Share manu0333 March 2, 2013 1:51:30 AM i have wd 1tb usb hdd with above problem.pl help More about : initialize external hard drive write protected phil22 a c 79 G Storage March 2, 2013 8:31:02 PM Try this: Go into Device Manager. Right-click the external drive & choose "Properties". Click the "Driver" tab. Click the "Uninstall" button. Unplug the drive from USB port. Restart Windows. When Windows has fully loaded, plug the drive back in. m 0 l Dennial-100 March 4, 2013 4:21:31 AM Perhaps, you could try this: A utility called "Thumbscrew" may fix the write protection http://www.irongeek.com/i.php?page=security/thumbscrew-... m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer pszalapski November 9, 2013 1:35:34 PM I tried this and it worked, in Windows 7. Start Cmd.exe as administrator, then: C:\> Diskpart DISKPART> list disk DISKPART> select disk (id) DISKPART> online disk (if the disk is not online) DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly Then I was able to manipulate the volume in Disk Management control panel. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources How to initialize my external hard drive it is write protected Forum How to format a write protect WD external hard drive/disk Forum How to remove media write protection in external hard drive Forum How to remove write protection from seagate external hard drive Forum External Hard drive Lacie does not accept Format, says write protected Forum External HD won't initialize, is 'Write Protected' Forum I cannot copy files to external hard drive in xp it says write protected Forum Seagate external hard drive is write protected Forum How to remove write protected external hard-disk? Forum How to format write protected hard drive Forum Write/Disk Protect on external hard drive Forum Write protection on Toshiba external hard drive. Forum External hard drive remove write protection macbook Forum How to remove write protection of a folder on an external disk drive Forum How to remove write protection of a folder on an external disk drive Forum How to remove write protection on an external disk drive Forum Solvedmy flash drive is write protected how do i remove Forum IDE External Hard Drive won't initialize Forum SolvedMy pen drive is write protected how to remove it Forum SolvedRecovering data from password-protected volumes within an external hard drive Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !