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How do I fix my WD 1TB External Hard drive?

by mrhenz2000 / September 11, 2012 7:39 AM PDT

I wasn't able to add or remove any of my files from my external hard drive so I attempted to fix it but only succeeded in making things worse. My computer will not even recognize it when I attach it and turn it on.

The hard drive was saying it was write protected so these are the steps I followed (I found them on another forum site) to try and fix it:

"Run: CMD
---> diskpart
---> list volume
---> select volume #
---> attributes disk clear readonly"

I was told this would solve my issue, but it did not. Is there any way I can reverse what I've done? I have about 750G worth of my life on there and I would like to have it back.

I run Windows 7 on an HP Pavilion.


Thank you.

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Re: read only
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 11, 2012 7:46 AM PDT

If you did what you state you did, you can undo it with the command DISKPART> attributes disk set readonly. is quite clear about it.

But maybe you did something else. And maybe it's just a disk gone bad. That's a quite common happening with external disk.

Just buy another disk and get the files back from your backup. That costs $100 or so. A professional data recovery company is much more expensive. They do the work for people who forgot to backup.


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If the content was readonly and was readable
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2012 7:49 AM PDT

Then before you did anything dangerous you had the opportunity to backup what you can't lose.

Frankly I would NEVER WORK ON THAT DRIVE DIRECTLY. I would do a SECTOR CLONE COPY using CLONEZILLA and then try the titles in the top post of this forum ON THE CLONE.

Only those that can lose the files would operate on the last copy of this drive.

If you can't do this, head to

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