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by kilroy001 / November 14, 2011 10:47 PM PST

I'm running Vista(32) & I'm having problems with the CD/DVD drive, I keep getting tha "this disk is write protected" message, so I can't even re-format them.
How do I "Un-write protect" a disk?
ANYONE? Olease

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You Probably Can't...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 15, 2011 12:01 AM PST

Although you haven't given us specific information about the TYPE of disc you're trying to un-protect, if you're looking at CD-R or DVD+R discs that have been burned and finalized, then you can't write to those particular files again.. They're permanent on the disc, at least while they're on the disc.. OF COURSE, if you copy those files to you computer, then RIGHT click on the file, choose "Properties", then UNCHECK the box next to "Read only", you should be able to edit the files..

If you're dealing with a CD-RW or DVD-RW and it's coming up with the same message, it may be corrupted.. Try the same method of RIGHT clicking on the drive in "My Computer", choose "Properties" and see if "Read only" can be unchecked.. If not, then the disc is corrupted or has become too old to read correctly

There ARE registry entries that can block writing to discs but if this computer is yours and you haven't made those registry changes, then it probably isn't the cause..

Hope this helps and let us know more.


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by kilroy001 / November 17, 2011 10:31 PM PST
In reply to: You Probably Can't...

Thanks for the info, but, it happenes to alot of my CDs/DVDs. Even tho I haven't "protected" them! I can format a disk (either kind) add some files & then I get the write protected thing! Isn't there such a thing as a "de-protect" file or something like that, because if I can't load them or even re-format them their just junk disk (& they ain;t cheap now a days)
Again Thanks VERY MUCH for any help!

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Re: write protected
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 17, 2011 10:49 PM PST
In reply to: Thxs

Are they already finalized when you get that error?


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by kilroy001 / November 18, 2011 4:30 AM PST
In reply to: Re: write protected

I don't know about all that "computer stuff" like I said, all I do is take a disk out of the holder, format it & copy files to it, then when I try to open the disk (normally later on) or I try to re-Format it, I get that wrirt protected sign, even tho I haven't "protecyed" it (them)

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If You've Finalized/Closed The Disc...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 18, 2011 12:47 PM PST
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...during the burn, you can't format or change the files on the disc.. It's "finalized"... ON the other hand, if you've using CD-RW discs and formatting the disc, then copy/pasting files to the disc, you should be able to format the disc again.

I said "should" because various types of packet-writing software, which allows you to use the CD-RW disc as if it were a hard drive, sometimes cause the disc to fail in this task.. Specially if you're trying to use the disc on a different computer from where it was originally formatted.

So...that "computer stuff" is critical here.. It's extremely important to give us the specifics on the type of disc you're using (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, or DVD-RW), and the where and when you're using the formatting tool.. Which program are you using the format the disc? Things like that helps us answer your question.

Hope this helps.


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