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How do I disable the write protection on a disk?

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One method of disabling the write protection on a disk in Windows-based operating systems is by using the command prompt. Some disks are also designed with a tab or switch that can be toggled to enable or disable write protection.

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Write protection is a security feature that prevents data from being overwritten, modified or deleted. By following the simple steps below, access to a write-protected disk can be restored.

  1. Open the command prompt
  2. Launch the command prompt by clicking "Start." Type "command" and then click on "Command Prompt."

  3. Input a series of commands in the prompt
  4. Type "diskpart" and press "Enter." Type "list volume" and tap "Enter." Type "select volume" followed by the drive number that is write protected. Type "attributes disk clear readonly" and then press "Enter."

  5. Quit the command prompt
  6. Exit the command prompt by typing "exit" and pressing "Enter."

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