How Do You Remove the Write Protection on a Hard Disk?

One way of removing the write protection on a hard disk is to reset the attribute properties of the drive. Another approach is to edit the computer registry; however, this option carries more risk and should only be done as a last resort and by a skilled professional.

The following steps describe the removal process.

  1. Launch the command prompt.
  2. The command prompt can be launched by pressing the start key, typing command or CMD and clicking Command Prompt.

  3. Access the disk management tool
  4. Type "Diskpart" and press "Enter". This command gives the user access to the disks and allows them to format and manage the different listed drives.

  5. Identify the disk
  6. The user can identify the affected disk by typing "List Volume" and hitting the "Enter" key. Using the results, they can then type "Select Volume #", where # designates the number of the drive being reset. For instance, type Select Volume 4, if disk 4 is the target drive.

  7. Restore the drive
  8. Reset the drive's write function by typing "Attributes diskclear readonly". Readonly is typed as a single word. Press Enter to launch the reset process. Resetting a drive's write properties generally takes a few seconds.

  9. Exit the command prompt
  10. Type "Exit" and press Enter to exit the disk utility. Unplug the drive and reconnect it to the system.