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WRITE PROTECT I JUST BOUGHT A WD 360 EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE--MY OS IS VISTA HOME PRE-- EVVERY TIME I TRY TO ACCESS MY EXT DRIVE I GET DRIVE IS WRITE PROTETED -- TRIED UNPLUGING AND RESTARTING-- CANNOT FIND SETTING FOR WRIE PROTECT IN PROPERTIES--PLZ HELP

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  • WSSHAKY101 Oct 30, 2008

    UNLOCKER--will not work it is the entire hard driv e that is write protected--there are no files on it as yet--also it is formatted as FAT32 if that helps--tried to reformat but write protected again. is there a command i can type into the command window that will undo this??

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You have to initialise your hard drive before usage This procedure is for adding a new, blank hard drive to your computer only.

Occasionally, a hard drive may not be detected by a computer running Windows XP or Windows Vista. If that is the case, you may need to initialize (write a signature to) the drive. If your drive is not detected by Windows XP or Windows Vista when you check in Disk Management, follow the steps below.

Note: In some cases, the Disk Signature Wizard will start immediately when you run the Disk Management utility for the first time after adding a new drive.

  1. Right-click the My Computer or Computer icon on the desktop. If there is not a My Computer or Computer icon on the desktop, you can find the icon on the Start menu.

  2. Left-click on Manage.

  3. Left-click on Disk Management.

  4. The Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard will appear.

  5. Left-click on the Next button.

  6. Check the box to the left of the drive that you want to write a signature to.

  7. Left-click the Next button.

  8. Left-click the Finish button.
The drive is now initialized. You should now be able to create a partition and format it. hope this helps

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There is software called unlocker ........
download it to remove this error ...........

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  • gopinath pasupathy Oct 31, 2008

    - Download *MBRFix.exe* to your User folder( http://www.sysint.no/nedlasting/mbrfix.h...)
    - Boot the computer
    into a fresh session
    - Go to -Start | All Programs | Accessories-
    - Right-click on *Command Prompt*
    - Choose -"Run as administrator"-
    - Choose -"Allow"- from the UAC popup box (if you haven't turned it
    off)
    - At the *C:\Users\{your name}\>* prompt, type
    *MBRFix /drive {drive number} fixmbr /yes*
    - Repeat the command for however many drives are infected/write
    protected
    - Restart and check your antivirus or see if you are still unable to
    write to the drive

  • gopinath pasupathy Oct 31, 2008

    - Download *MBRFix.exe* to your User folder( http://www.sysint.no/nedlasting/mbrfix.h...)
    - Boot the computer
    into a fresh session
    - Go to -Start | All Programs | Accessories-
    - Right-click on *Command Prompt*
    - Choose -"Run as administrator"-
    - Choose -"Allow"- from the UAC popup box (if you haven't turned it
    off)
    - At the *C:\Users\{your name}\>* prompt, type
    *MBRFix /drive {drive number} fixmbr /yes*
    - Repeat the command for however many drives are infected/write
    protected
    - Restart and check your antivirus or see if you are still unable to
    write to the drive

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There is possibly a write protect switch in the hard drive case, I will confirm this and get back to you.

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  • Ekse Oct 30, 2008

    Can you post me the model details and everything else you can see on the external harddrive so I can find the correct one?



    Thanks.

    Ekse

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