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How to remove Write Protection from an External Device in Windows 7

Description: This technical article shows how to remove Write Protection from an external device in Windows 7. Sometimes external storage devices will be write-protected, preventing the user from adding new files or folders. To remove write protection on a Windows 7 Computer, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start menu.
    Windows 7 Start Button
  2. In the space that says Search Programs and Files type the word command.
    Windows 7 Start Search Box
  3. At the top of the list it should say Command Prompt.
    Windows 7 Start Menu, Command Prompt
  4. Right-click there and select Run as Administrator.
    Windows 7 Right Click, Run as Administrator
  5. In the window that opens, type diskpart and press the Enter key.
    Windows 7 Command Prompt Window
  6. In the next line that opens up, type list volume and press the Enter key.
    Windows 7 Command Prompt Window
  7. In the list provided, type select volume # where the # is the number of your desired device. In this case it is 8.
    Windows 7 Command Prompt Window
  8. Type attributes disk clear readonly and press Enter.
    Windows 7 Command Prompt Window
  9. Type exit and press Enter. The disk should no longer be write-protected. If it is then there is a hardware issue with it that will need to be addressed with a technician in person.