How can I remove write protection from a hard disk



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Destructive write test

Destructive write tests often solve the problem when external storage device file tables are corrupted. Although you can access the device in most cases, the chances of finding old data on these devices are slim. Almost all destructive write checks completely destroy the file allocation table and create a new one. You may also need to format the disk before you can store data on it – after the test.



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There are good third-party software that can help you. I recommend HD Tune. The free version is enough for your hard disk to work again. However, do not expect to restore the old data. You can try data recovery tools after a destructive writing test, but as we have already said, the chances are slim.

You can also read: The hard disk is write-protected for removable media. This article covers changing another registry key and using the command prompt to remove write protection.

This explains how to delete the’Write Protected Disk’ message. If you need more information, please leave a comment indicating the type of hard drive and operating system you are using.

Check this box if you need write protection for USB flash drives on Windows.



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