I have an external hd and it won't let me take anything off or put anything on. there is an icon at the bottom that says "no change" with a pencil and a line through it. I am using a Macbook with leopard
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click start control panel administrate tools computer management disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in one box then select check now start then after its finished return and tick the other box you should not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage this drive i have found the best results ticking in one box the returning after it has finished then ticking the other box it might take some time depending on the size of your disk but be patient hope it helps
click start control panel administrative tools computer management disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now start you might tick one box then return after its finished the first repair then return and tick the second box you should not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage this drive I found that you get best results by ticking one box then returning after it has finished then tick the other box then you restore it to its default status
Right click on usb drive select properties you will have an array of options
Select the hardware option then select your drive properties policies
Right click on your drive select properties then on customize restore Default in W 7 hope this helps
I have that problem similiar to yours. My simple tech stopped working for like two years so i decided to open up my simple tech and removed my HD away from the old enclosure so I can try building my own external hard drive for the first time. I bought another new 3.5 enclosure, IDE/ATA for the old HD. I put it in the new enclosure and it worked!
It's the only solution you can have. No need to retrieve data or re-format your HD. You can leave it the way you like...if you wanna reformat it...up to you.