How to remove write protection from an external drive in Windows 8

Description: This technical article shows to remove write protection through command prompt on an external drive in Windows 8.

Sometimes an external drive (e.g. USB flash drive or external hard drive) can have write protection on it, preventing any modifications to it. To remove the write protection:

  1. Hold down the Windows key and tap the letter X.
  2. Select Command Prompt (Admin). If it prompts for permission to open the program, select Yes.

  3. In the line where something can be typed, type DISKPART and tap Enter.

  4. In the new line that says DISKPART type LIST DISK and tap Enter.

  5. In the next line type Attributes disk clear read-only and tap Enter.

  6. The drive should now be cleared of write protection and freely used. If not then it is likely to be a hardware issue and should be seen by a professional to recover the data.

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