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Remove Write Protection on Encrypted Hard Drive

by hdfree / December 28, 2008 11:41 PM PST

I bought this hard drive on Boxing Day and I have used True Crypt to make two containers on the drive. One 200GB and one 265GB.

I moved some stuff over from my notebook to free up space and everything went fine. The next day however, I tried to write to it and it said it was write protected. I have no idea how that happened.

I've looked around for a solution and nothing has helped.

I'm running Vista Business 32 bit if that helps any, thanks.

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For me...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2008 11:51 PM PST

I remove all the partitions, create a new one, format the drive and then I regain its use.

You didn't tell if you needed to save files.

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by hdfree / December 29, 2008 5:30 AM PST
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"You didn't tell if you needed to save files."

Sorry? I'm new to this forum stuff, but I'll give your suggestion a go and update.

I moved about 30 gigs of files off my notebook to my My Book, so yes I need to store files.

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"yes I need to store files."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2008 5:35 AM PST
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While I will always warn people they only lose what they don't backup and external drives make for iffy "storage", the method I noted so far should regain use of the drive and let you store copies of your files there.

If you need to recover data, this won't do that. And you didn't ask for that.

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Fix for Read only error in Vista!
by CamaroJace / January 10, 2009 5:19 PM PST

Hi. I'm running Windows Vista 64-bit ultimate asnd I have the exact same problem. It will randomly write protect any one of the 5 installed hard drives as it sees fit to do so.

I spent ages scanning the web to find a solution, most people say delete partition then re-partition then re-format etc etc, this is all well and good but if this is happening on a reguilar basis to keep moving 240 or so gig from one hdd to another is both time consuming and realy annoying.

Anyway, I have found a solution to this problem. For me it works every time on and hdd without loss of data and spengina ages tranfering data. Although, obviously, make sure you back-up your data just in case.

Do this:
go into command prompt
then type "diskpart"
type "list volume"
then "select volume xxx" (where xxx is the write protected problem drive)
then type "attributes volume clear readonly"

Then exit command.
Then try to write to the drive. All should be well.
This only didn't work for me once, when I did it again it worked fine, so I figured I must have made a typing error.

I thought I'd post this to help anyone out. It is a really frustrating glitch in windows that should be addressed urgently. Before I found this fix, I must had copied data, removed partitions, re-done partitions then re-formatted at least a dozen times. Hopefully this helps, please let me know.

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Thank you!
by smav3719 / February 17, 2011 4:45 AM PST

Thank you so much - this worked for me!

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by jejoga / November 27, 2011 10:35 PM PST

I've been searching the internet for a way to do this for a week now... this is the only one I could find that would work! THANKS A LOT!

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Problem Solved
by hdfree / January 16, 2009 11:26 AM PST

I tried your suggestion and it has worked fine so far! Happy Thank you.

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What would happen if you lost all the data on the external ?
by VAPCMD / January 11, 2009 2:07 AM PST
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Sounds like you have data in one location or another and NO BACKUP that correct ?


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