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:
- Open the Start menu.
- In the space that says Search Programs and Files type the word command.
- At the top of the list it should say Command Prompt.
- Right-click there and select Run as Administrator.
- In the window that opens, type diskpart and press the Enter key.
- In the next line that opens up, type list volume and press the Enter key.
- In the list provided, type select volume # where the # is the number of your desired device. In this case it is 8.
- Type attributes disk clear readonly and press Enter.
- 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.