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The computer says my external hard drive has this error: write protect Ox80070013. I will not allow me to write to the drive, such as backing up the files on my computer. It never did this before. Howie

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Check Device Manager is clean. You may need to re-install a driver. Is this a USB hard drive or USB memory stick? Some devices have a write-protect switch (these can be very small!) - has yours got one?
Give more details on what the external hard drive is and how it is attached pls?

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