Usb hard drive write-protected-How to undo

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Rilla927, Oct 6, 2010.

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  1. Rilla927

    Rilla927 Registered Member

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    Hi gang,

    My usb external HD is now write protected. I don't know how this happened. I use this to store my images and data.

    Anyone know how to fix this?
     
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    Maybe you could backup the files on the usb hard drive to another hard drive and then wipe the usb hard drive that has the copy protection. I would think that a wipe (zero write to all sectors) would remove the write protection, but I am not 100% sure.
     
  4. Rilla927

    Rilla927 Registered Member

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    Hi,

    wtsinnc, I did try the link you gave and it didn't work. I have been scouring the internet and so far nothing.

    @TheKid

    That's a good idea. I would think it would work but unsure also.

    I hope I don't have to trash this drive.
     
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    Rilla927 Registered Member

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    Yes, I have tried that. In fact the second link is exactly what I used.

    I just reinstalled windows; I think I will try it once more.
     
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    Hi there GlobalForce,

    Your first link I have tried but my system was corrupt at the time when I did this. I just reinstalled windows yesterday so I will give this a try again as well as the other two links you posted.

    The 2nd and 3rd link I have never come across but I will give them a spin.

    Thank you very much!

    Edit

    I was wrong about the first link I didn't try it. I wanted too. I remember checking the key in the registry and it didn't exist. I tried to create the key but the registry wouldn't let me. My Antimalware was blocking the d/l.

    I tried the first link again and the registry key was there so I changed the value to 0 and rebooted and fired up the external and it works.
    My registry was so corrupt before that's why it wouldn't work. Thanks for reminding of this link again.
     
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    I think backing up data and then a fast format will fix it. Just my guess as it worked for my USB flash stick.
     
  10. Rilla927

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    Previous to my post above I did try to reformat it and it said "write-protected" and wouldn't do it. I wiped the drive with BC Total Wipe Out.
     
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    Persistence by a furlong? Good! S'all it takes sometimes.
     
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